Epilepsy: ‘place warning signs’

2012-11-12 00:00

EPILEPSY South Africa has supported the call for a warning sign to be placed anywhere where there is a danger of epileptic seizures being induced.

The organisation was responding to a story run by The Witness about an epileptic seizure suffered by a visitor to Liberty Midlands Mall allegedly induced by the flashing lights at the Mr Funtubbles fun fair.

Epilepsy SA said that photosensitivity epilepsy can be triggered by flashing lights.

Tips to treat someone having an epileptic seizure:

• Call for medical assistance;

• Put a cushion under the person’s head to protect him/her from injury;

• Loosen tight clothing and remove his/her glasses;

• Turn him/her onto his/her side into the recovery position when possible;

• Stay with the person until he/she has fully recovered;

• Don’t move the person unless he/she is in direct danger;

• Don’t give them anything to eat or drink or burn anything in front of his/her nose. — WR.

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