When Apple released the iPhone 6s, it included a great new Siri feature that enables users to activate the intelligent assistant via voice. Dubbed "Hey Siri," the feature is particularly convenient because the iPhone 6s' M9 motion coprocessor is "always listening" and thereby lets users use "Hey Siri" even when the device isn't connected to a power source.
Recently, Stacey Gleeson of Australia used the Hey Siri feature to successfully call an ambulance while she was tending to her daughter Giana who had stopped breathing.
"I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor,” Gleeson said in an interview. “And as I checked her airways, I looked over and remembered my phone.”
Thinking quick on her feet, Gleeson said, "Hey Siri, call the ambulance." Fortunately, Gleeson managed to resuscitate her daughter while the ambulance was en route. And while its impossible to know for sure, it's entirely possible that the time Gleeson saved by not having to call an ambulance manually helped save her daughter's life.
"Saving me the trouble of having to physically dial emergency services was a godsend," Gleeson said.
"Giana, who had been battling a chest infection and bronchiolitis, was breathing again when the ambulance arrived," the BBC reports. "The child made a full recovery, and doctors have told Ms. Gleeson there was no lasting damage, but that every second had been vital."
An ABC News report on the harrowing ordeal can be viewed below.