The boy "stuck" in the UAE for 18 months due to aerophobia
Joe Thompson, a British schoolboy from Somerset who was stuck in Abu Dhabi for 18 months because of his keen fear of flying, finally landed in the UK at Heathrow Airport. Hypnosis helped him fly home. Joe Thompson, now 12, was going to fly back to England with his family last June after his father's employment contract ended. But his strong fear of any travel, including on a boat, on a plane or even by car, spoke only about one thing ... Joe will not see his native Britain for a long time ... His 62-year-old father Tony (Tony) had no choice but to stay with son of He tried to fly away with him four times, but always, at the last moment, Joe got hysterical.
A total of 18 months Thompsons spent 40 thousand pounds on doctors, psychiatrists and missing tickets. Since Joe's dad is not simple, but a former assistant to former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, he involved the connections and arranged for his son to be taken to a merchant ship as far as England.However, the boy was not given a visa to Saudi Arabia, and the merchant ship could not manage without entering the port of Jeddah. Saudi officials stood to death, and the trip did not take place. A lot of time Thomson tried to solve the problem on their own, but, as they understood, they needed the help of a professional.
Thompsons turned to hypnotherapist Russell Hemmings (Russell Hemmings), who, according to the media, hypnotized the British woman and portrayed gastroplasty for 45 minutes. She believed that they had reduced her stomach, and lost weight. And who inspired another British woman that she was already pregnant. Although she, being absolutely healthy, could not conceive after a miscarriage. And she got pregnant.
As soon as deep hypnosis Joe and his father finally returned home. In fact, Joe spent the entire flight in a deep hypnotic trance. Mr. Hemmings, whose services cost up to 600 pounds per hour, said: "I used a combination of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy." In fact, Hemmings began working with Joe a few weeks before the flight. He conducted therapeutic exercises with him on which he used the power of hypnotic suggestion.
The Thomson family moved to Abu Dhabi in 2008 after Tony Thompson got a lucrative hospital job.After five years of living in the United Arab Emirates, the Thompson family was supposed to return home to Britain in July last year. But their son Joe was unable to get past the check-in counter and refused to board the plane due to fear of flying. The family has already sold all their belongings and was homeless in the Middle East. The boy's mother Pauline (Pauline Thompson) and her daughter Chloe (Chloe) were forced to return to England and leave Joe with Tony's father.
“Even the thought of flying makes me feel physically ill,” explained Joe. - It's like a mental block, fear of the unknown. I have chills, sweating, and I'm filled with fear. ”
Joe and his father Tony, the former head of the transport police, spent the last 18 months in limbo. Previously, the family lived in a six-room villa in Abu Dhabi, and then Joe and his father were forced to rent a seedy house in the town of Al Ain. Their only property was two suitcases of clothing. Over the inflatable bed Joe hung a huge flag of Britain - a reminder of the country in which he longed to return.
Over the past 18 months, Joe has been visited by four doctors, a hypnotherapist, a specialist in cognitive-behavioral therapy and a psychiatrist, to try to overcome himself from the fear of flying.There were also two attempts to calm him down before flying with medication, but nothing worked. “The first time Joe was blacked out and we really thought it would work. But the crew refused to take him on board and advised us to take him to the airport medical center. ” Then the German airline Lufthansa offered to deliver it home. They provided a doctor who was going to accompany Joe back to the UK. “He gave Joe a strong sedative and said that it should start working within ten minutes. Two hours later, he was still awake. His fear and adrenaline overpowered the drug, ”Tony said. “I'm so happy to be home. I can't believe how cold it is here, ”Joe told London Heathrow Airport after a 7.5-hour flight. “I just want to go home and see my dog.”