A skydiver had a seizure after jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet over Australia. According to Mail Online, Christopher Jones, 22, is epileptic, but hadn’t had an episode in four years. Despite thinking that he had his condition under control, he suffered a seizure while he was 9,000 feet in the air. Terrifying footage from the November jump was posted on YouTube, and has since gone viral.
“He had all the documentation and had been to his doctor, he had been seizure-free for a number of years and believed he had it under control,” said skydiving instructor Sheldon McFarlane.
The skydiver’s seizure didn’t last too long, and Jones regained consciousness at 3,000 feet. He was able to make a safe landing, thanks to the help of McFarlane, who was able to get to Jones in mid-air and deploy his parachute.
“He rolled over and was unconscious on his back and he started spinning. I thought he was having sensory overload or something, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. He was in the fetal position. I thought it would be better to go down and make him stop. I just wanted to make sure he was safe and his parachute was open sooner rather than later.”
According to the Huffington Post, Jones didn’t need to seek medical attention once he was safely on the ground. He is lucky to be able to check skydiving off of his bucket list, however, as he will likely never be able to do that again.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the video was posted on Reddit where it was upvoted pretty quickly. So far, over four million people have viewed Jones’ skydiving video since it was posted on March 1.
[Photo courtesy of YouTube]