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Apple Watch helps discover 12-year-old's rare cancer

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A young girl's family credits the Apple Watch's heart monitoring features with saving her life — by helping to discover cancer rarely seen in children.

One evening, Imani Mile's Apple Watch began alerting the 12-year-old to an abnormally high heart rate.

Mile's mom, Jessica Kitchen, took her to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with appendicitis. During the procedure, they discovered a neuroendocrine in her appendix, which is rarely seen in children.

The doctors then learned that the cancer had already spread to other parts of Mile's body. She had surgery at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital to remove the remaining cancer.

"If she didn't have that watch, it could have been so much worse," Kitchen told Hour Detroit.

In July, the Apple Watch helped doctors discover a rare tumor in a woman's heart after she received multiple warnings that her heart was in atrial fibrillation.