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Boy separated from family for 18 months due to fear of flying returns home after hypnosis

A schoolboy from Somerset who was stranded in Abu Dhabi for 18 months because he had a crippling fear of air travel had to be hypnotised back on a plane in order to return home. Twelve-year-old Joe Thompson landed at London Heathrow Airport four years after his family moved to the UAE when his father Tony, 62, was offered a managerial role at a private hospital.

They were due to fly back to Weston-Super-Mare in June 2012 when Tony’s contract ended but just four months before they planned to come back, Joe developed an acute fear of flying. When the youngster boarded a flight to Sri Lanka to attend a rugby tour with his father the fear came to light: he found that he could not face the journey. ‘We got on the plane but Joe became so traumatised, the crew said he had to get off,’ his father said as he explained that Joe was scrambling over the seats to get out. It was terrible. I had 40 other children with me who were all taking part in the tournament. I couldn’t leave them so I had to let Joe get off. I called my wife and she came and picked him up.’

The family then repeatedly tried to get Joe on a plane without any success, meaning that the father and son had to stay behind in the country while the boy’s mother went back to the UK to work. The duo rented apartments and stayed at friends’ houses in order to save money, until a breakthrough occurred a year and a half later. Joe’s aerophobia – which had baffled doctors because he had flown long-haul many times as a child – was soothed by hypnotist Russell Hemmings. ‘Russell was the best chance I had. He helped me out so much,’ Joe said. ‘He taught me so much and I’m so thankful.’

The family predict that they have spent the best part of £40,000 trying to cure their son’s fear which includes cancelled flight tickets and doctor bills.

source: www.metro.co.uk


separated – elválasztott
due to – miatt
fear – félelem
to be stranded – ottmaradni vhol (úgy, hogy nem tud ejönni)
crippling – bénító
contract – szerződés
to board – járműre felszállni
to come to light – fény derül vmire
crew – személyzet
to scramble over – átmászni
tournament – bajnokság
repeatedly – ismételten
to stay behind – ott maradni
breakthrough – áttörés
aerophobia – repüléstől való félelem
baffled – értetlen
long-haul flight – hosszú repülőút
to sooth – enyhíteni
to include – beletartozni
cancelled – lemondott 

Match the words with the definition.

1.    fear
2.    to cancel
3.    repeatedly
4.    crew
5.    contract
6.    baffled

a) the people who work on an aircraft
b) official document you sign when you get a job
c) the feeling of being afraid
d) it happens again and again
e) the feeling of not understanding something
f) to decide not to use something

Answers: 1. c      2. f       3. d      4. a      5. b      6. e

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