Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Unusual Airbnb Review Led To Launch Of An App That’s Saving Thousands Of Lives.

It seems like there's a reason for everything that happens in our lives. Just ask Hernan Casciari, a well-known Argentine writer, and an Uruguayan couple by the name of Javier and Alejandra Artigas, who were about to become acquainted under the most unusual of circumstances. While staying at the Artigas' rented villa in Montevideo, Uruguay, Hernan suffered a health setback that put his life in certain danger. But ironically, it was through this horrifying experience, an act of compassion, and an amazing online Airbnb review, that Javier Artigas got that opportunity he needed to dust off an app idea that would potentially save thousands of lives for travelers around the world.

Argentine writer, Hernan Casciari, had no idea how much of an impact his Airbnb review would have.

"Excellent house for sedentary travelers prone to myocardial infarctions. The area is beautiful and has direct access to the best hospitals." That's what Hernan had to say about Javier and Alejandra Artigas' AirBnb, and the excellent service that saved his life.

After recovering from his myocardial infarction, Hernan went on to provide the coolest 5-star review.

"Javier and Alejandra instantly become guardian angels who will save your life without even knowing you. They will rush you to the hospital in their own car while you're dying and stay in the waiting room while doctors give you a bypass. They don't want you to feel lonely, they bring you books to read and they let you stay in their house extra nights without charging you. Highly recommend," he added, after being released from the hospital and returning home to Argentina. Had it not been for their quick thinking, Hernan wouldn't have lived to tell the tale.

After recovering from his myocardial infarction, Hernan went on to provide the coolest 5-star review.

Fortune

Hernan had originally gone to Montevideo, Uruguay to enjoy a little R&R for a few days.

While he was on vacation, he felt the onset of a heart attack, and the only people he knew in Uruguay were Javier and Alejandra, the owners of the villa he was staying in. You won't get that kind of service everywhere else.

Alejandra Artiga was a member of the Uruguayan parliament, so she used her connections.

In moments, a police escort arrived at the villa to take Hernan to the hospital and the couple were at Hernan's side the whole time. "They will rush you to the hospital in their own car while you're dying and stay in the waiting room while doctors give you a bypass," Hernan added.

The Airbnb review had touched so many hearts that it helped pay Hernan's medical bills.

Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of the Airbnb app that Hernan used, read the review, and decided to fly down to Montevideo to pay for Hernan's hospital bills, and to meet the amazing Artigas family.

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