Texas Gamer Sends Police Help To Save Friend 5000 Miles Away
A teenager having a dangerous seizure in his bedroom was saved by his online gaming friend – 5,000 miles away in Texas. Parents of 17-year-old Aidan Jackson were watching TV downstairs at their home in Widnes on January 2 when two police cars with flashing lights appeared in the road outside. Three officers ran to the front door, quickly informing Caroline, 48, and husband Steve they had received a call from America, informing someone in the house was seriously unwell.
They rushed upstairs and found the teen in his bedroom, in the grip of a seizure, severely disorientated and not fully conscious of his surroundings. He still had his headset on, and his American friend Dia – a 21-year-old woman – was still online in conversation with him. In fact he was; reports say it was a seizure. Lathora managed to phone public safety in Widnes, in the northwestern English county of Cheshire, and get them to Jackson’s home.
Jackson’s parents were downstairs, unaware their son was having a seizure (his bedroom door was closed). How was Lathora aware? The teen told Sky News that he’d “felt a little funny” and got up, turning his chat microphone toward his bed so he could continue talking as he lay down. When he was unresponsive, Lathora knew something was wrong.
In the audio of her call she clearly explains the situation, while apologizing for being shaken. Significantly, she had Jackson’s address, but no other contact information, and had to quickly find a non-emergency number to call in the matter. Police and an ambulance quickly arrived to Jackson’s home, and after quickly telling Jackson’s mother what was going on, all went upstairs and found Jackson having a seizure.
Jackson told Sky:
“Next thing I knew, I was waking up with police and my parents in my room, saying that I’d just had a seizure,”
Jackson’s mother, Caroline, said when she answered the door, police said they’d been told there was an unresponsive male at the address. Aidan had a seizure in May 2019, so it did not take long to put two and two together, even if the police were saying the emergency call had come from the United States.
Jackson was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and went home that afternoon after having several tests. Fast action and immediate attention is necessary in the case of any seizure; always better to be safe than sorry, and the new policy in the Jackson household is that Aidan will be gaming with his bedroom door open.
The most surreal thing was hearing his mum come upstairs with the medical team, hearing them talk to him, asking if he’s doing OK, saying that I had just called them saying he had a seizure. I was really scared and worried, but I’m glad I stayed level headed enough to call the emergency and get him checked out.
“It’s better safe than sorry.”