A Cairns mother has saved the life of her baby girl with the help of an unlikely hero – Siri, the iPhone voice-activated computer program.
Stacey Gleeson saw on the baby monitor that her daughter had turned blue and discovered that one-year-old Giana had stopped breathing.
"I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor and as I checked her airways .. I looked over and remembered my phone,” Mrs Gleeson told 7 News.
In a panic, she had dropped her iPhone but thankfully remembered its voice activation function.
“Hey Siri, call the ambulance,” she yelled, prompting her mobile to automatically dial for help.
"And then before I knew it the ambulance was on its way and Giana was breathing again."
Mr Gleeson, who is often away on duty with the Navy, said the few seconds of time saved could have made all the difference.
"It might have given the precious moments Stacey needed to revive Giana,” he said.
In the latest iPhones and iPads, Siri can be activated simple by saying “hey Siri”.
As well as being able to open music and send text messages, Siri can make phone calls on demand without even touching a button.
The parents of a now happy and healthy Giana are urging others to activate Siri on their phones.
"Kids .. everybody, everybody should be aware of the abilities of their phone,” Mr Gleeson said.
"It's helped save our daughter's life and I never thought I'd have to go through something like that,” Mrs Gleeson added.
To turn on Siri on your iPhone, access the ‘settings’ menu, then 'general', and follow the prompts.
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