A UK teenager having a potentially life-threatening seizure had his life saved by his online teammate and fellow gamer. The Texas-based 21-year-old Dia Lathora was playing and chatting online with Aidan Jackson, a 17-year-old from Widnes when the incident occurred.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Lathora was prompted to call emergency services after hearing Jackson in the middle of what she believed to be a seizure. Trying to talk to her teammate elicited no response, and he’d just complained about feeling sick. She told the paper that when Jackson didn’t respond, she “instantly” began looking up the emergency number for the EU.
When she couldn’t find that number, she decided the quickest, best course of action would be to call the non-emergency number. She shared Jackson’s address with the police, who were able to send paramedics to his home.
“I just put my headset back on and I heard what I could only describe as a seizure,” Lethora explained. “So obviously I started to get worried and immediately started asking what was going on and if he was okay, when he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU.”
“When that didn’t work I just had to hope the non emergency would work, it had an option for talking to a real person…and I can’t tell you how quickly I clicked that button.”
Throughout all of this, Jackson’s parents were downstairs watching TV, entirely unaware their son was just upstairs having a seizure. When three police officers showed up at their front door, they had absolutely no idea why they were there. The mother, Caroline, explained that nobody had called the police, before officers informed her they’d received a call from America about an unresponsive male.
“The most surreal thing was hearing his mum come upstairs with the medical team,” Lathora added. “Hearing them talk to him, asking if he’s doing OK, saying that I had just called them saying he had a seizure.”
Fortunately, Jackson was found in time. He was taken to a nearby hospital, and quickly stabilized before being sent home, where he’s reportedly currently waiting to see a doctor about his seizure. According to the Echo, Jackson had previously been sent to hospital after suffering from a seizure in May last year.
“We are so thankful for what Dia did,” Mrs Jackson told the Echo. “I’m sure it’s not every day that Cheshire emergency services get a phone call all the way from America. We can’t thank Dia and the emergency services enough for what they did, considering the 4,750 miles between Dia and Aidan.”