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Swedish iPhone app saves US teen's life

The Local · 16 Jan 2011, 15:49

Published: 16 Jan 2011 15:49 GMT+01:00

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It may sound like a bombastic tagline for an ad campaign but in the case of American teenager Xavier Jones, a mobile app really did save his life.

The 17 year old was playing basketball for his college team La Verne Lutheran High School in California when he collapsed and his heart stopped beating.

Luckily for the teenager, quick thinking coach Eric Cooper Sr. had just downloaded an "app" for his iPhone called "Phone Aid" to help him brush up on his CPR skills and with the phone by his side he was able to revive the youngster.

The app was developed two years ago by Swedish doctor Pontus Johansson, who works at Queen Silvia’s children’s hospital in Gothenburg and his programmer friend Magnus Enarsson.

Johansson knew nothing about the event until shortly before Christmas he received a letter from the coach to tell him the story and thank him.

Cooper explained that with help from an assistant coach he was able to revive Jones and keep his heart beating until paramedics arrived on the scene.

Even though the teams' coaches had been trained in CPR, Cooper said it was useful that he had the app because first aid tecniques were still fresh in his mind.

“It’s fantastic to get such a direct confirmation that the app really can be of use,” said the doctor to the Expressen newspaper.

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The story was widely reported in the American media leading to a rush in sales for the Phone Aid app. In the first week alone it was downloaded over 60,000 times, and continues to sell well.

Meanwhile the story ended well for Jones too. His team went on to win the state championship and he has decided he wants to be a doctor.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:52 January 16, 2011 by karex
Every once in a while stories do have happy endings...
22:44 January 16, 2011 by rquick
Well that quick thinking coach should have his First Aid assessed every year so that he doesn't have to look up what to do on a mobile (oops, battery flat, what now?) . Geezzz. Irresponsible.
01:08 January 17, 2011 by goprint
What happens if you only have a mobile phone that only cost $59 Aussie dollars like mine did & is not capable of anything like that on it.
02:58 January 17, 2011 by Puge Henis
Well, the iphone may be uselss as a phone (unless you got training on how to hold it properly...) but it sure does run an application well!

Well done CrApple!
05:38 January 17, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
So the youngster stoped breathing and the coach said ,Oh wait,while he,s not breathing let me get on my phone and see what to do,,Ya right.
19:12 January 17, 2011 by rquick
He actually said "Wait, there is an app for that".
08:56 January 19, 2011 by jhk
Jeeze guys,

he had a kid collapse and stop breathing, basically the kids was about to die. Kinda stressful situation, and probably the first time he had to do it for real. He knew roughly what to do, but had a written instruction on his phone, so asked an assistant to read it out. How is that irresponsible?

good on him,needs a pat on the back.

It is funny that "yeah there is an app for that", kinda cool. Make me feel kinda stupid for downloading Angry Birds :-)

cheers all
19:02 January 19, 2011 by rquick

The coach should know First Aid. Every coach or assistant has to know it. It's not that youngsters don't die from heart-attack.

If it was my child, and it was in America, I would sue the school for not wmploying First Aid capable PE-staff. That'll teach them!
17:01 January 21, 2011 by tadchem
Now we need an app that can turn an iPhone into a defibrillator - or maybe a Taser...
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