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This is my personal account of dealing with a medical emergency- Epileptic Seizure. I was working on a film set and standing outside in a garden late at night when one of the actors who had been fine moments before suddenly collapsed on the ground and started to have a seizure.  I quickly asked everybody (there was quite a big film crew) to stand back and give the actor (a young woman) some space.  She was lying on a concrete surface so I was worried about her head as she was thrashing around so I took off my coat and pushed it under her head, she was also frothing at the mouth. Her fit lasted for about 4 minutes (a fit should not normally last for more than about 5 minutes) she than stopped jerking her body and opened her eyes.  She was very confused initially and then wanted to sit up, I had cleared the area of most people by this point as it is very stressful to be surrounded by a large crowd.

Recovery

She stood up and quickly regained her composure.  I asked her if she had had a fit before but she had not. Because of this we took her to hospital where they checked her out and let her go home.

If a person is epileptic there is no need to take them to hospital as long as they feel well. However, if it is a first fit they need to be checked out, if they are an adult and a driver they will have their licence taken away, usually for a year.

An epileptic seizure, also known as an epileptic fit, is a brief episode of signs or symptoms due to abnormal excessive neuronal activity in the brain.  The outward effect can vary from uncontrolled jerking movement (tonic-clonic seizure) to as subtle as a momentary loss of awareness (absence seizure)

 

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