British 17-year-old Aidan Jackson was gaming online with an American friend when he started having a seizure. His friend, 20-year-old Dia Lathora from Texas, realized what was happening and alerted U.K. police from 5,000 miles away, potentially saving her friend's life.
Jackson's parents, who were downstairs while he was upstairs, did not even know he was having a medical emergency. His mother, Caroline, told the BBC:
"We were at home watching TV and Aidan was upstairs in his room. The next thing we noticed was two police cars outside with flashing lights. I assumed they were in the area for another reason and then they ran up to the front door. 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. I immediately went to check on Aidan and found him extremely disorientated."
Lathora told the Liverpool Echo:
"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 OK.
When he didn't respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU. 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."
Mrs. Jackson said her son is recovering:
"Aidan is a lot better and hopefully everything is OK when he has his appointment at the hospital but he's doing well."