Soon after I noticed a man sitting on the bench opposite my Satellite store with his little boy’s head in his lap, I saw the kid raise his arms in the air, and shake them wildly in front of his father’s face.
“Wow, that kid’s letting his Dad know he’s bored,” I thought, and watched to see whether he’d get a smack. He didn’t.
“I don’t know what’s happening! I’ve never seen anything like this before!” the man told a tourist who was walking past and witnessed the scene.
It took me a moment for it to sink in that the kid most probably just had a seizure! I ran for help.
It’s remarkable how fast the Security department responds to an emergency: within minutes a few supervisors and a “medic” were swarming around the bench. When I heard the man refuse both an ambulance, or to go to the hospital, I knew they were either Americans with no insurance, or International visitors. After the security officers left, the pair remained on the bench looking frightened and lonely. I went over to see whether I could help.
“Thank you,” said the man, “We don’t need anything. We just want to go back to our hotel.”
They were tourists from Switzerland. The ‘kid‘ lying on the bench was a woman in her twenties (wearing shorts), who’d felt faint after catching her finger in the bathroom door, so she’d laid down on the bench, and had a seizure from the shock!
I gave them an energy bar – I always keep one in my bag for emergencies [!] – and they walked slowly to the entrance.
I hope they’re OK.