A Gamer In Texas Helped Save Her UK Teammate After Hearing Him Have A Seizure Online

A Gamer In Texas Helped Save Her UK Teammate After Hearing Him Have A Seizure Online
Screenshot: Sky News, <a href="https://youtu.be/HxXwtM_PTgg">YouTube</a>

While playing and talking together online, a teen in the UK started to have a seizure. His teammate, a woman in Texas, heard him and when he stopped responding she called local police in the UK to help her teammate across the pond.

Aidan Jackson is 17 and lives in Widnes, England. As reported by the Liverpool Echo newspaper, on January 2nd, he was playing online with Dia Lathora when he began feeling sick. Moments later Lathora heard, over the internet, what sounded like Jackson having a seizure. She tried to talk to Jackson but go no response.

“When he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU,” Lathora told the Liverpool Echo. When she couldn’t find that number she instead called the non-emergency number and shared Jackson’s address and location with the police, who sent first responders to the home.

ImageYouTube)” loading=”lazy” > Jackson, 17, playing on his gaming PC. (Screenshot: Sky News, YouTube)

Jackson’s parents were downstairs during the incident, unaware that their son was suffering from a seizure. When the police arrived at their home they had no idea why they were there. When one of the police told the mother they were responding to call which said there was an unresponsive male at this address. The mother then responded that they hadn’t called the police and the police explained the call came from America.

Jackson was rushed to a local hospital and stabilised. He is now back home and is waiting to see a doctor about his seizure. This isn’t his first seizure. Back in May 2019, he was sent to the hospital after having a seizure.

After returning home, both Jackson and his parents thanked Dia Lathora. They are happy she was able to help.

Comments

  • Great to hear 🙂 as an epileptic this is something that’s always concerned me, and something that always exists in the back of my mind ‘what happens if I have a seizure? will there be anyone around to help me?’ It’s raising its head again, due to the fact I’m moving into a new house with my son soon with noone else around. Thank whoever that technology has evolved to help people like me with this affliction to get the help we need just incase it does happen 🙂 This was a great story to read 🙂

    • Are you planning to share your real name and home address with the people you play online games with around the world, like this guy?

        • Aidan Jackson is 17 years old. Out of curiosity, given the complete lack of evidence about the length of his relationship one way or another, what probably do you speculate might be a reasonable amount time before he starts handing out his name and phone number?

          • When you are a 17 year old male, the time is as long as it takes to figure out the person on the end is female.

      • I have a few friends I’ve met online who know all my details. One of my best friends in real life, I met playing StarCraft.

      • No idea, but what I will say is there’s a gigantic amount of context to this story we don’t know, so we can only take it on face value 🙂

    • Does make you wonder how people should handle this, given that it’s generally considered good practice to not give identifying information (name, address, phone number etc) out on the internet?

    • As an epileptic as well I found this article a nice read. Having never been completely seizure free I have had the same thoughts. I came to conclusion that apart from my medication and dietary choices as well as trying to be aware in my situations that there isn’t much more that can be done and to not let it stop me from doing most things. But the thought/reminder is always there in the back of my mind.

      • Thankfully it’s nearly 10 years since I’ve had a grand mal seizure. I usually have nocturnal ones, but there’s been more than a few waking ones. Those were truly terrifying for me, especially when you come to, and you can’t remember who you are for a few moments as your head realigns, then that constant sick, worn out, ‘limbs as heavy as logs’ feeling you get for at least 24 hours. People just don’t get it until they go through it I guess. The specialist said to me ‘one day you’ll possibly find you just don’t need your medication anymore’, however, I can’t bet on that, it could be my meds working perfectly, so I’ll stay on them forever, hedging my bets. Good luck to you with yours too friend 🙂

        • Yeah, it’s hard to wake from. They said the same with me “you will just grow out of it” but even some of the meds you can’t just stop taking regardless of epilepsy. Good luck to yours as well!

  • I had a similar story about 10 years ago. I was on twitter goofing off when someone pointed out some kid threatening suicide. At first I didn’t think it was serious, but I noticed a few statements that got me extremely worried, and then she claimed she had eaten an entire bottle of 50 paracetomol. Now Paracetomol isn’t going to knock you into a coma and you die. Instead a paracetomol overdose is something that will kill you over 2-3 weeks of writhing pain as your liver fails. Once all that paracetomol has been fully absorbed its too late, the metabolic pathway involved is already dead. Nurses and emergency Doctors have horror stories about this particular form of poisoning. Figuring I had little time to act I basically went full stalker mode, reversed the name to find some forum posts by her, and put things together till I found out the high school she went to and thus the suburb. I jumped on the phone and did a long distance call from australia to the police station out somewhere in the North of the UK with all the details I knew. I never heard anything more. Until a full decade later I got a message from her on twitter thanking me for saving her life. Apparently the cops in the UK managed to work out the rest and sent an ambulance around, and got her to a hospital and they pumped her stomach. Yes she had eaten the packet of paracetomol. Afterwards her parents changed her school, and got her into psychiatric evaluation.

    It still blows my mind what happened. If when I go to the grave and look back at what I achieved in life, it probably wont be much, but saving a 14yos life over the internet is going to go pretty high on that list..

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