A Texan gamer saved a long-distance friend’s life after he was having a seizure during an online game.
According to the BBC, Dia Lathora,21, was talking to Aidan Jackson,17, when the British teen started to have a seizure. Although Jackson lived 5,000 miles away, Lathora contacted authorities in the United Kingdom to report Jackson’s condition. His mother, Carolyn Jackson, said she and her husband had no clue about their son’s medical emergency until police arrived at their front door.
“We were at home watching TV and Aidan was upstairs in his room. The next thing we noticed was two police cars outside with flashing lights. I assumed they were in the area for another reason and then they ran up to the front door. They said there was an unresponsive male at the address. We said we hadn’t called anyone and they said a call had come from America. I immediately went to check on Aidan and found him extremely disorientated.
Lathora said she could tell Jackson was having a seizure based on the sounds echoing through her headset and immediately contacted emergency services to save his life:
“I just put my headset back on and I heard what I could only describe as a seizure, so obviously I started to get worried and immediately started asking what was going on and if he was OK. 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.”
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Carolyn is thankful for Lathora’s quick thinking and said her son is doing much better:
“Dia had our address but didn’t have any contact numbers, so it was amazing she managed to get help from so far away. I’ve spoken to her and expressed our thanks – she’s just glad she could help. Aidan is a lot better and hopefully everything is OK when he has his appointment at the hospital but he’s doing well.”
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