Smartphones have become an inextricable part of modern life. The convenience of having so much information in the palm of your hand is unmatched by any other technological invention in modern history. But while we continue to use our phones, most of us remain blissfully unaware of the physical dangers they may pose to us.
Unfortunately, the Fredo family learned this the hard way…and it’s something they’ll never forget.
Jackie Fedro is a mother of four in a Chicago suburb. When her daughter Gabbie turned 13, Jackie decided that Gabbie was old enough to get her own cell phone, so she bought her an LG d500 for Christmas.
One day, Jackie heard a scream from Gabbie’s room.
“She came running downstairs after it [happened] grabbing her neck,” Jackie said. “She was in so much pain she was screaming hysterically.”
Gabbie’s phone was plugged into a wall charger while she was using it. When the charger touched the necklace she was wearing, it sent an electrical current through the necklace, burning her neck.
Jackie tried to contact LG and T-Mobile about the incident. LG reportedly did not respond. T-Mobile, however, offered to pay Gabbie’s medical bills and send her a new phone, as long as Jackie would ship Gabbie’s old phone back to the store for testing.
Cell phone injuries happen more than you may think, with several reported cases per year. They’re typically caused by an overheating of the phone’s lithium ion battery.
It can be dangerous to use a third-party charger instead of the one provided by the phone’s manufacturer, because the faulty charger could cause short circuits, and lead to burns like the one Gabbie suffered.
Jackie hopes that her daughter’s story will serve as a warning for others so that they may avoid similar injuries.
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