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Quick thinking and an iPhone app saves a student's life

David Winograd

During a team practice session last week, 17-year-old Xavier Jones, a basketball star playing for La Verne Lutheran in California, collapsed on the court as his heart stopped beating. It was a lucky thing that his coach, Eric Cooper, had downloaded Phone Aid, a US$1.99 iPhone app about CPR, just the day before. Using information found in the app, Cooper and assistant coach John Osorno were able to resuscitate Jones until paramedics arrived.

Jones had previously been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that thickens the heart wall. Jones has been advised to have a defibrillator implanted to restart his heart in the event of another attack.

The six-foot-eight Jones is a star pupil holding a 4.0 average and has aspirations of playing for West Point in order to pay for his tuition until he earns a doctorate. His intention is to eventually become a military doctor, so hopefully he'll pull through all right. You can see a video of the Phone Aid app by clicking on the link below.

[Via Business Insider]

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