Sin­gle dad par­a­lyzed in car crash cred­its Ap­ple’s Siri with sav­ing his life

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A Ne­vada man is cred­it­ing Ap­ple’s Siri with sav­ing his life after he crashed his car and was par­a­lyzed in­side.

Sin­gle dad Nate Felix, of Pahrump, Ne­vada, was of­froad­ing in the desert with his dog when his Jeep flipped over on a dry lake bed on De­cem­ber 7, 2018.

He told KSNV that he tried to crawl out from un­der the Jeep, but his ‘body was par­a­lyzed’ and he wasn’t even able to lift up his head.

Felix said that he was pinned in­side the car and that he was in pain at the time.

‘I had my dog lay next to me, try­ing to fig­ure if I could stay warm for the night, but after ten min­utes of that I re­al­ized there was no way I would be able to stay warm enough,’ Felix said. Which is when he re­mem­bered his Siri-en­abled iphone.

Al­though he didn’t know where in­side the car it was, he said he started scream­ing at it.

‘I had no idea where my phone was, so I yelled, “Hey Siri, call so-and-so, call so-andso”, go­ing through any­one I could think of,’ Felix said, not­ing that ‘It didn’t work out, can­not con­nect, can­not con­nect’ was all he heard.

Fi­nally, Felix asked the Ap­ple vir­tual as­sis­tant to call emer­gency ser­vices for him.

‘So, I said, “Hey Siri, call 911”, and it said, “Con­nect­ing,”’ Felix re­called.

Felix said he was think­ing of his 10-year-old daugh­ter, Dal­lis, dur­ing that time.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, she lost her mom to can­cer and I got to get home,’ he said.

The Pahrump Val­ley Fir­eres­cue Ser­vices re­sponded to Siri’s call and ar­rived on the scene to pry Felix out of the jeep with the jaws of life.

The first re­spon­ders put Felix on a back­board and he was then flown to the hos­pi­tal where he re­mained for four days be­fore be­ing al­lowed to go back home.

Felix said that he broke two ver­te­brae dur­ing the in­ci­dent and that they hap­pened to have been on the nerve end­ings in his arms and hands, so it now feels like those parts of his body are on fire.

Felix is now wheel­chair bound with a bro­ken neck, but he said that he’s ‘hope­fully get­ting bet­ter, day by day.’

Res­cuers said that if Siri hadn’t been able to dial 911 and Felix was stuck in the desert overnight, he would likely have died from hy­pother­mia.

Felix’s friend has set up a Gofundme page to help with his bills and take care of Dal­lis dur­ing the es­ti­mated six or more months that Felix will be out of work.

Felix was off-road­ing in the desert on a dry lake bed when his jeep flipped over. He said he tried to crawl out from un­der the jeep but couldn’t do it

First re­spon­ders said that if Felix hadn’t used Siri to call 911 and been stuck in the desert overnight, he would likely have died from hy­pother­mia

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