Words With Friends Game Helps Save Australian Man's Life

 @LauraMatt
on January 13 2012 8:04 AM

An Australian man, Simon Fletcher, who was having heart problems, is a live today because of the addicting scrabble-like game known as Words With Friends.

According to Yahoo News, a Missouri woman named Beth Legler met Georgie and Simon Fletcher from Australia while playing Words With Friends on her mobile phone. They would frequently play against each other and use the chat function that enables players to meet each other. 

But while playing the game last year, Georgie Fletcher told Beth Legler that her husband Simon was feeling under the weather and described some of his symptoms to the woman she has never met in person. Beth Legler in turn told her husband Larry, a doctor, what Georgie had told her and Larry Legler told his wife that Georgie Fletcher's husband needed to quickly get to a hospital, according to Yahoo News.

Doctors then found that Simon Fletcher had a 99 percent blockage close to his heart, according to the report, and if he had gone any without medical help, it was likely that today he would be dead.

I owe Larry everything, Simon said, I'm really lucky to be here.

The two couples never met in person but believe they will remain friends.

Had Larry not sent that message I don't think Simon would have gone to the doctor that day, Beth Legler said.

Words With Friends was released in 2009. It is played on both iOS and Android devices and can also be played on Facebook.

Last month, actor Alec Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight in LAX for playing the game Words With Friends.

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