US Gamer Saves Friends Life From 5,000 Miles Away

A US gamer was talking to her friend online when he suffered a seizure. She reached out to UK emergency services and saved his life.

Video games are a huge driving force to bringing people together while their physical selves are miles and miles apart. One UK gamer found his life being saved by his friend who lives in Texas.

The 17-year-old Aidan Jackson was talking to his American friend, Dia Lathora when Jackson suffered a seizure. According to the Liverpool Echo, Lathora became worried when the conversation stopped dead.

Jackson, who has ADHD and Asperger’s previously had a seizure last May where he was hospitalized for a week. With Lathora worrying about her friend, she tried to contact the UK emergency services number but apparently struggled. Eventually, she managed to get through to someone using a non-emergency contact. The BBC has a video of which has the recorded call.

Dia explained. “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 okay, when he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU.” She continues, “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.”

Three officers reportedly arrived at Jackson’s property, informing Jackson’s mother and father who then went upstairs to find their son severely disorientated and not fully conscious.

Dia explained that after hanging up Jackson had started to respond, but he had no recollection of having the seizure. “he had no idea he had just had a seizure, he doesn’t even recall having that conversation with me or his mum.” Dia heard Jackson’s parents and the officers enter the bedroom and tend to him through the headset and describes the incident as “the most surreal thing”.

“We are so thankful for what Dia did.” Jackson’s mother told the Liverpool Echo. “We can’t thank Dia and the emergency services enough for what they did, considering the 4,750 miles between Dia and Aidan.” The parents were surprised at how quickly the emergency services acted, estimating that Jackson suffered the seizure roughly around 9pm GMT, The officers arrived at the house around 9:40pm GMT.

(Image credit: Liverpool Echo)

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Ben Bayliss

Based in the UK and adores venturing through FPS horrors and taking photos in pretty much anything with a functioning photo mode. Also likes car games.

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