Siri saved a life this past week and it wasn’t in the way you might think. A remarkable four year old boy used his mothers finger to unlock her iPhone and access Siri. His mother was unconscious and unresponsive and little Roman acted fast to save her life. Roman must have seen his mom use the iPhone app numerous times to ask for help or directions and did just that in her time of need.
Over the recorded transcript of the emergency call you can hear Roman speaking with emergency operators in a matter of fact tone and ask for an ambulance. The emergency operator replies, “Can you do me a favor?, Can you go and get mummy?”
“We can’t,” Roman says. “She’s dead.” Roman goes on to tell the responder his mom isn’t breathing and even tries to revive his mother like requested by the operator. Thankfully the young hero knew his address and was able to recite it back. An ambulance was able to get to the families home in South London in just 13 minutes and administered life saving aid. The unconscious mother was rushed to hospital and woke up after first aid was administered, no cause for her near death experience has been disclosed.
What’s the moral of this frightening story? If young Roman had not known his address it may have been impossible for an ambulance to arrive in time, and furthermore if he hadn’t seen his mom use Siri countless times before the end to this story may have been tragic. While there is of course a limit to the amount of technology a young child should be exposed to, we can see from this account how valuable it is.
Police and first responders encourage parents to teach their children their home addresses as well as how to seek help should they ever need it. “If you do nothing else today, then I’d implore any parents of young children to sit down with them and make sure they know what to do in this kind of situation and that they know how to contact police or other emergency services in an emergency,” Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan said in a statement. “As this case demonstrates so poignantly, it could really be the difference between life and death.”