Woman uses AirPods to call emergency services after serious head injury: “If I didn’t have my AirPods in, I would’ve died”

Learning how to use Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ feature could save your life someday.

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A woman in New Jersey has shared how the ability to use Siri with her AirPods had saved her life after sustaining a serious head injury while alone.

Susan Putman, a 60-year old designer, was working on floral arrangements alone in her garage studio when she tripped and had a particularly nasty fall.

“I was working on a four-foot horseshoe wreath, and I stepped back to look at it and I forgot its box was sitting on the floor,” says Putman, recounting the experience in an interview with People. “I must have been very conscious about not smashing the wreath because I tripped and flew maybe 8 ft. in the air and my head landed against these metal poles.”

After the fall, Putman quickly realised she was losing a lot of blood and had no one around to call for help. Luckily, she remembered that she still had her AirPods in and used them to call emergency services.

All she said was “Hey Siri, call 911”, and the rest is history.

Speaking of the harrowing experience, Putman said: “Honestly, if it had been another 15 minutes, I’m not sure I’d be here. There’s no doubt about it — if I didn’t have my AirPods in, I would’ve died.”

At the hospital, Putman received seven staples across the side of her head and was diagnosed with a concussion. She has since made a full recovery.

If you didn’t know that you could use Siri on your AirPods to make a call, now is probably a good time to check if you have the feature enabled. Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ hands-free activation is currently supported on the AirPods Pro, AirPods 2, AirPods 3 and AirPods Max.


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