Hello, and welcome to Unbox’s first installment of “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week. This week, we’ll be posting two articles to launch the column. Here’s the second post, an unusual case of a smartphone literally saving a life.
This one’s for the books, folks. Instead of smartphones hurting its owners, we have one particular handset saving its user from a possibly fatal gunshot wound. And the man even got a replacement P9 Lite unit from Huawei. Some good news, for a change!
Meet Siraaj Abrahams, a 41-year-old man from South Africa, who was saved by his Huawei P8 Lite smartphone from a bullet. According to Abrahams, he was returning from a friend’s birthday party when he was ambushed by a bunch of robbers outside his house. They took all his money, $20, then shot him in the chest for good measure. He lost consciousness after the shot.
Good thing they didn’t take his smartphone, because that saved Abrahams from a potentially deadly bullet. He woke up from the ordeal with a small mark on his chest and a hole in his jacket pocket. The Huawei P8 Lite shielded him from a 9mm bullet shot and was destroyed as a result of the hit. Abrahams also recalled that he was supposed to leave his phone at home because its battery was almost empty, but instead chose to bring it to his friend’s party to charge it there. What a stroke of good fortune.
Huawei Africa, upon hearing the news, provided Abrahams with a new P9 Lite smartphone to compensate. Huawei’s regional marketing director also took Siraaj and his family to lunch and offered them VIP status for all the home soccer matches of the Ajax Cape Town soccer team, which is sponsored by the company. Now that’s going the “extra mile” for your customers!