iPhone Life Saver

4 12 2010

San Gabriel Valley Tribune and LA Times report La Verne Lutheran high school basketball star Xavier Jones has his coach, Eric Cooper, and Steve Jobs to thank for saving his life.

Coach Cooper downloaded the “Phone Aid” app onto his Apple iPhone last week, and the following day had to use the CPR tips to resuscitate Jones, 17, when he collapsed at practice.

The “coincidence” has lead  to Jones’ being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy- a condition that causes thickening of the walls of the heart- which killed a Loyola Marymount ball player in 1990.

Jones, who was supposed to play at the collegiate level for West Point Military Academy next year, isn’t dwelling on his uncertain future. He told Yahoo Sports blogger Cameron Smith, “I’m just happy to be alive.”

One remedy for Jones’ illness is to have a pacemaker implanted to his heart, which would jumpstart the muscle should another arrest take place.

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