A British gamer who suffered a seizure was saved by his astute online teammate who called the police after realising something was wrong.
17-year-old Aidan Jackson from Widnes in the UK was talking to his online friend, 20-year-old Dia Lathora from Texas in the US, when he had a fit.
Dia acted quickly and called Cheshire Police via the emergency services, who arrived at Aidan’s house. This surprised his parents, who were unaware he was having a seizure in his bedroom upstairs. They rushed upstairs and found their son ‘extremely disorientated’.
“I had just gotten up from my computer to go and sit down and I felt a little funny,” Aidan told Sky News in the report linked below.
“I turned my mic around so [Dia] could still hear me. The next thing I knew, I was waking up with police and my parents in my room saying I had a seizure. I had no idea what was going wrong.
“When I was in hospital, I managed to get hold of an iPad so I could still talk to [Dia], I let her know I was okay and thanked her at least five to ten times for [what she did]. I thank her every time I see her.”
Aidan is having tests to see what caused the seizure.
It’s not clear which game Aidan and Dia were playing, but footage below shows Aidan playing EA’s Star Wars Battlefront.
The Sky video report above has been viewed more than 1.4m times since it was published a few days ago – and the news has been picked up by major broadcasters and publications around the world.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.