Siri Pocket Dial Helps Save Trapped Victim

Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:23:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sam Ray, age 18, has been recovering from broken ribs and severe burns after being pinned under his truck.

The incident happened on July 2. Ray said he was working on his truck when the jack holding it up suddenly collapsed leaving him pinned down.

He said the 5000 pound vehicle left him unable to use his arms, and it wasn't until he started moving one of his legs that he realized his iPhone was in his back pocket.

"When I put my leg down I heard Siri go, 'How may I help you?'" said Ray who was then able to call 911 for help.

The dispatcher sent help his way, and Ray was air lifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

"This is the first time in my 25 years taking care of 50,000 trauma patients that I've had the experience of someone being rescued by Siri," said Dr. Richard Miller, M.D., Chief of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.

During the estimated 40 minutes that Ray was under the truck he sustained three broken ribs, a bruised kidney, a cut to the forehead, and second and third degree burns to one of his arms.

"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, this could be the end,'" he said.

Ray was never a big fan of his iPhone, but he's glad it came in handy when he needed it most.

"Life saver in this case, it's a really useful tool," he said.