It’s been four years since Katelyn Lewis had the unsettling dream, but she can still recall it in vivid detail.
She was one of the unfortunate few for whom medication didn’t work. I’ve spent a lot of time in hospital and I’ve been treated by many wonderful nurses.
“At certain points in our lives, we had both been told that we would never lead full, well-rounded lives,” she says. Katelyn was barely a year old when she had her first seizure.
Her situation worsened and, in time, she was suffering dozens of tonic clonic (grand mal) seizures daily.
The researchers also found that the risk of premature death in people with epilepsy compared similarly to their unaffected siblings and the general population.
This suggests that epilepsy is an independent cause of early deaths, the academics said.