You can create a bridge with a microphone – a microphone that saved a life this time.
Aidan Jackson is a 17-year-old teenager from Widnes (within Cheshire, UK). He was playing online (Star Wars: Battlefront II) when he got a seizure. Meanwhile, his friend, the 20-year-old Dia Lathora was about 8000 kilometres (5000 miles) away from him (as she lives in Texas in the United States), but she quickly noticed via Jackson’s microphone that something’s not right: she recognized the symptoms of a seizure. Just before that, Jackson said he doesn’t feel so good, so he laid down on his bed for a bit, while turning up the microphone so that he could communicate with Lathora.
Lathora quickly called the Cheshire police, informing them about Jackson suffering from a seizure at that time. The authorities quickly got going; Jackson’s parents didn’t know about anything downstairs until two policemen and an ambulance knocked on their doors 40 minutes after their son’s seizure…
„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. 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,” Lathora told the Liverpool Echo.
„We are extremely thankful for what Dia did and shocked that we could be downstairs and not know anything was happening. Dia had our address but didn’t have any contact numbers, so it was amazing she managed to get help from so far away. I’ve spoken to her and expressed our thanks – she’s just glad she could help. Aidan is a lot better and hopefully, everything is OK when he has his appointment at the hospital but he’s doing well,” Jackson’s mother told the BBC.
Jackson had a seizure before in May, so he got lucky that he used his microphone – and here’s proof of the microphone being used for more than profanity in online multiplayer, as it saved a life…
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