Teenager Saved From Seizure When Fellow Gamer Calls Ambulance From 5,000 Miles Away
Aidan Jackson, 17, was in his bedroom in Widnes playing video games at the time he took ill, but his gaming partner, 20-year-old Dia Lathora, alerted the emergency services from 5,000 miles away in Texas.
The ambulance then arrived at his house, much to the surprise of his parents, and provided treatment.
The first his parents knew that anything was wrong was when the police and ambulance crew knocked on the door to tell them that they'd had a call about an unresponsive male at the property.
They then rushed upstairs to check on Aidan and found him 'disorientated'.
Caroline Jackson told the Liverpool Echo: "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."
Aidan first had a seizure in May 2019, but is now returning to the hospital for another appointment following this latest incident.
His thankful mum said: "We are extremely thankful for what Dia did and shocked that we could be downstairs and not know anything was happening,
"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."
Speaking to the Echo, Ms Lathora said: "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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