• A gamer in Texas was playing online when she noticed her friend in the U.K. was having a seizure.
  • The 20-year-old American alerted British police that her friend needed help.
  • Police arrived at the British teenager’s house without his parents knowing what was happening.

British gamer Aidan Jackson is used to competing against virtual opponents from around the world. But this week, an online connection 5,000 miles away ended up saving his life. 

The 17-year-old from Cheshire was playing a video game with Dia Lathora, a 20-year-old from Texas, when he began feeling unwell. The two were still talking through a headset when Lathora noticed something wasn’t right. 

“I heard what I could only describe as a seizure,” Lathora told the BBC. “So obviously I started to get worried and immediately started asking what was going on and if he was okay.”

Thinking quickly, Lathora looked up the emergency number in the U.K. and alerted police that Jackson was having a seizure. Jackon’s parents were downstairs and didn’t know what was happening until officials arrived.

“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,” Jackson’s mother, Caroline Jackson, told the BBC. “I immediately went to check on Aidan and found him extremely disorientated."

Aidan awoke to find police and his parents in his room, something that would startle any teenager. He was taken to the hospital and is going through tests to figure out what happened. In the meantime, Jackson tells the BBC that he thanks Lathora everyday and the two are still gaming together an ocean away. 

“We are extremely thankful for what Dia did and shocked that we could be downstairs and not know anything was happening," Caroline Jackson said to the BBC. "Dia had our address but didn't have any contact numbers, so it was amazing she managed to get help from so far away.”

 

Published on Jan 11, 2020