Educate Epileptic Patients About the Risks of Sudden Death

by Savitha C Muppala on  August 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
The death of two epileptic teenagers in their sleep has raised questions about the extent of advice given to patients and their families about the risks of sudden death and ways to minimize the risks.
Educate Epileptic Patients About the Risks of Sudden Death
Educate Epileptic Patients About the Risks of Sudden Death

The two girls  Erin and Christina , who died in their sleep were clearly unaware about the risk of SUDEP(sudden unexplained death in epilepsy), and their families were equally ignorant of such an occurrence.

Many patients are not aware about the risk of SUDEP and the ways to reduce the risk which is getting the required amount of sleep, taking medication regularly, and not drinking too much alcohol.

The death of Erin  in October 2006 and Christina in March 2009 could have been avoided if they were  aware of SUDEP.

Source: Medindia

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This is a terribly written article about the untimely death of two people suffering from epilepsy. Why does the article claim the parents were ignorant of sudden death in epilepsy? Has she qualified that they did not know this could occur? Why call families ignorant in the face of tragic circumstances. Further, there is no in depth explanation of this condition so the author has not done much to raise awareness. And lastly, drinking is highlighted. Drinking refers to what... water, alcohol, juice? Next time, don't wast the space in printing if you're going to call families ignorant and then not educate the populace on your subject matter. These are two people who lost their lives to a condition that is severely misunderstood.
CureNow Monday, August 29, 2011

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