What do you get when you cross an epileptic with skydiving? It used to be a bad joke but now it’s one of the most intense skydiving videos I’ve ever seen. A jump student suffers an epeleptic seizure moments into his free fall and becomes unconscious. Then his instructor does something incredible, the kind of stuff you usually only see in the movies, and in doing so manages to save his student’s life. The video was released to youtube yesterday, along with this statement from the jump student, Christopher Jones of western Australia:
“On the 14th of November 2014 while doing stage five of my Accelerated Free Fall program I have a near death experience. At around 9000 ft I have a seizure while attempting a left hand turn. I then spend the next 30 seconds in free fall unconscious. Thankfully my jumpmaster manages to pull my ripcord at around 4000ft. I become conscious at 3000 ft and land safely back to the ground.”
According to one report, Jones disclosed his epilepsy to the jump school, but managed to convince them to let him jump anyway, having been cleared by his doctor. I don’t think he’ll be jumping again any time soon, but if he doesn’t, he’s already got one of the most incredible jump videos aroound.
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