Pennsylvania mom Kacie Anderson was out for a drive with her 9-month-old son in December 2017 when they were stuck by a drunk driver at a red light.
The 24-year-old told Shape that she immediately sustained a severe concussion from the impact and was left in a state of confusion. But it wasn’t long until her motherly instincts kicked in.
She knew that she had to get help for herself and her little boy.Kacie Anderson/Facebook
The mom said that her face slammed into the steering wheel during the crash, making her unable to see anything but “black.” Anderson wrote on Facebook:
Everything went airborne in my car and I couldn’t see for a solid minute. My eyes were open but I wasn’t able to gain my vision quick enough.
The 24-year-old knew that she needed to get help, but she couldn’t find her cell phone because it had flown out of reach during the collision.
Then she remembered what was on her wrist. The mom told Shape:
My hands flew around to feel for my phone and then I realized I had my watch on and commanded it to call 911.
Anderson used the SOS feature on her Apple Watch in order to contact authorities.
According to Apple’s website, activating the feature immediately sends your location to emergency services and even alerts your emergency contacts that you’re in danger.
The 24-year-old mom now credits the feature for “saving” her and her young son that day.Kacie Anderson/Facebook
Anderson’s son managed to escape the incident with minor injuries, but the mom said she’s lucky that she had the watch on due to the severity of her own injuries.
The Hanover mom said:
“The ambulance arrived and immediately put me on a stretcher and stabilized my neck and back. I had a severe concussion that caused dizziness and confusion for several weeks, and drainage from my ears and nose because my brain was swollen. My neck has two ruptured muscles, and I now have two bulging disks that I am still seeking treatment for.”
Anderson said she was lucky to be wearing her Apple Watch that day, but now hopes to prevent incidents like this in the future by raising awareness about drinking and driving.
For now, she’s just thankful that she and her son are safe.