This story caught my eye from NBC Miami. Not only is it a story of American Dan Woolley and his amazing survival in the earthquake in Haiti, but also a story of a gadget being used to save a life. The devices we carry have changed the way most people work, use media, read, game and now live. I am a heavy iPhone user, but this survival experience could have come from any piece of gear. The many uses for our gear is truly fascinating.
Woolley used his iPhone along with a health app to aid in his survival and rescue in the aftermath of the quake. This kind of makes me assess my apps and how they could help in an emergency. Please share any instances where your phone or other device has made a huge impact in your life.
Woolley used the light from his iPhone to show him his injuries and diagnosed it properly as a broken foot. Then, he used the instructions from the app to treat the excessive bleeding from cuts on his legs and the back of his head.
“I took pictures all around me, then I would hold up the back of the camera to me and I could see what the picture was of a little,” he said. “I was able to find an elevator in one of the pictures and that is where I decided to hobble to be in a more safe location.”
Woolley also used his camera to take pictures of the surrounding rubble to piece together a way out. He eventually took refuge in an elevator shaft until rescue crews found him 65 hours after the earthquake.
Read the entire story and watch the video here on the NBC Miami website.