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Son Creates an App to Help His Father Reduce Nightmares after Serving in the Army

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 13, 2020
10:40 A.M.

Tyler Skluzacek decided to design a smartwatch app to help his beloved father, Patrick Skluzacek, who was being haunted by nightmares.

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Patrick Skluzacek went to Fallujah, a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, to serve in the U.S. Army as a convoy commander. When he returned home in 2007, Tyler Skluzacek said he had changed.

According to Tyler, his father used to be a fun, outgoing man. Every night, Patrick's dreams took him back to Fallujah. He sweated extensively and thrashed around in his sleep.

Tyler and Patrick Skluzacek during an interview. | Photo: YouTube/USA TODAY

Tyler and Patrick Skluzacek during an interview. | Photo: YouTube/USA TODAY

Patrick explained that the nightmares were distinctive to such an extent that he dreaded shutting his eyes. The only way he could get to sleep was with vodka and pills, he shared.

His son then decided to create an application that would help him reduce nightmares. "It was night and day when I put that watch on and it started working," Tyler said.

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Tyler Skluzacek showing off his smarthwatch app. | Photo: YouTube/USA TODAY

Tyler Skluzacek showing off his smarthwatch app. | Photo: YouTube/USA TODAY

HE FINALLY FOUND RELIEF

With the help of the smartwatch app, his father finally found relief after years of suffering. Patrick was able to get his life back. He has remarried, and he is working as a mechanic again.

In November, the Food and Drug Administration approved the smartwatch app.

Tyler and Patrick Skluzacek during an interview. | Photo: YouTube/USA TODAY

Tyler and Patrick Skluzacek during an interview. | Photo: YouTube/USA TODAY

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Although there are occasional terrible dreams, they no longer control his life, Patrick said. Meanwhile, the smartwatch app of Tyler reaches a milestone.

In November, the Food and Drug Administration approved his smartwatch app. It works with an Apple Watch to treat PTSD-related nightmare disorders.

"Finally coming to fruition, helping people, it's just heartwarming and exciting to see," said Tyler. "Especially with the timing right before Veterans Day."

LITTLE BOY HELPING HIS FATHER

Like Tyler, a little boy also expressed his love for his father, as shown in a heartwarming video that went viral on social media recently. In the clip, the boy is seen helping his dad's car out of a ditch.

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He used his toy car to pull his father's vehicle out of the ditch. The boy's little car can be seen attached to his father's car by a length of rope. His dad also begins driving as he started driving.

The dad even slowed down for a moment to complete the illusion of being helped out of the ditch by his son. The clip went viral after retired basketball player Rex Chapman reposted it on Twitter.

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