Teen Experiencing Seizure Saved By Gaming Friend Thousands of Miles Away

Teen Experiencing Seizure Saved By Gaming Friend Thousands of Miles Away

Medical help was called in thanks to his friend's efforts.

A teenager in the UK experienced a seizure over the weekend while playing games in his room, but received medical attention thanks to the effort of his gaming cohort across the ocean in Texas.

A BBC report says Aidan Jackson, 17, was chatting online when he started feeling "a little funny" and laid down on his bed. His friend, 20-year-old Dia Lathora, was in a chat with him all the way over in Texas, and she called local Cheshire police to alert authorities.

According to a Sky News report, Jackson's parents sat downstairs none the wiser until the flashing lights showed up. Authorities said they had received a call about an unresponsive male at the address from America, a possible seizure.

Jackson had experieneced a seizure in May 2019, says the BBC. They went upstairs and found Jackson "disorientated," and rushed him off to the hospital. His parents have expressed their thanks for Lathora's quick thinking and action in contacting local medical help for their son.

"Dia had our address but didn't have any contact numbers, so it was amazing she managed to get help from so far away," Ms. Jackson told the BBC. "I've spoken to her and expressed our thanks - she's just glad she could help."

Lathora told the Liverpool Echo that when Jackson stopped responding, she started looking up emergency numbers for the EU.

"When that didn't work, I just had to hope the non-emergency would work," Lathora told the Liverpool Echo. "It had an option for talking to a real person... and I can't tell you how quickly I clicked that button."

Jackson has recovered and undergone several new tests. In the meantime, he says he's thanked Lathora several times over for her actions that day. "I thank her every time I see her," he says.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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