We’ll preface this article by saying we normally steer away from stories that originate from The Sun, as the publication is notorious for misleading headlines and even yellow journalism. However, when a story emerges about how an Android battery allegedly saved a woman’s life, that’s something we just can’t ignore.
According to The Sun, a woman named Beth McDermott, pictured above, from Lancaster, England, suffered a head injury in her home. McDermott, who lives alone, was apparently unconscious for three days. When she awoke she could not use her legs, as she suffers from a syndrome called rhabdomyolysis, which results in skeletal muscle breaking down rapidly.
Luckily, when McDermott reached for her phone, her Android battery was still at 50% — even after three days of sitting idle and unplugged. She called an ambulance and spent a week in the hospital recovering.
“I wasn’t expecting [the phone] to work at all but it still had 50% battery life,” McDermott told The Sun. “I couldn’t believe it had lasted so long. I can’t believe I’m still alive — I wouldn’t be if it weren’t for that phone.”
Interestingly, McDermott had only days earlier switched from an iPhone 6 to a Huawei Y6. The main reason for her jumping ship from iOS to Android was her iPhone’s battery life. According to McDermott, she needed to charge her iPhone up to four times per day just to keep it from powering off.
Just recently, Apple settled a class-action lawsuit for slowing down older iPhones in an effort to preserve the longevity of aging smartphone batteries. The company will likely pay out as much as $500 million to iPhone owners around the world.