Siri is the popular Apple app that is voice activated and provides funny responses to random questions, but also provides helpful information. The latter was demonstrated recently by a 4-year-old boy in London, who was able to use Siri to call for an ambulance and save his mother’s life.
On March 7, the quick thinking little boy named Roman unlocked his mother’s iPhone by pressing her thumb to the phone and then used Siri to call for help from emergency services. The call can be heard via the video below.
The 4-year-old can be heard telling emergency services that his mother is “closing her eyes and she’s not breathing.”
When asked if he could get his mother, Roman responds, “We can’t, she’s dead.”
The person handling the call was able to get the address of Romans’ house and instructed him to go and shake his mother.
“She’s not waking up,” he said.
“Give her a good shake, shout out ‘mummy’!” the voice on the other end said.
You can hear Roman shouting for his mother to wake up, but she remained unconscious.
Police arrived on the scene approximately thirteen minutes after Roman made the call. They had to force their way into the South London home and discovered Roman, his mother and Romans’ twin brother and younger brother in the house.
Paramedics were able to revive the mother and take her to the hospital.
“Hearing this call brings home the importance of teaching your young child their home address and how to call police or emergency services in an emergency situation,” said Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, from the Metropolitan Police’s Command and Control Unit, in a statement. “It’s an amazing story and thanks to his quick thinking and by asking ‘Siri’ for help, this little boy saved his mum’s life and it means she is still here and can be extremely proud of him and his brothers.”
This is not the first time that Siri has been used to save lives.
In August 2015, a Tennessee man was able to use Siri to call 911 after the jack he was using to hold his truck up while making repairs collapsed and fell on him.
Additionally, a 1-year-old Australian infant’s life was saved after her mother used Siri to call for an ambulance while she tried to perform life-saving measures on her baby.