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Carers looking after someone with epilepsy often neglect their own health

Carers need help

Figures show that more than one million people spend 50 hours a week providing unpaid care according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of the 5.8 million who look after family members and friends, 1.4 million people provide more than 50 hours a week of free care.

A survey carried out by Epilepsy Society in 2011 showed that carers looking after someone with epilepsy often neglect their own health needs to care for a loved one.
The unpredictability of the condition and the fact that the need for care can change over time all contribute to the physical, mental and emotional stress of caring for someone with the UK’s most common serious neurological condition.

Met officers face judge over mentally disabled case

Severely autistic and epileptic 16 year old

Simon Israel Home Affairs Correspondent

Seven police officers are due to face a senior judge over their handling of a severely autistic child, which lawyers say could have major implications for the rights of the mentally disabled.

Last year the Metropolitan Police was found to have assaulted, restrained, falsely imprisoned and discriminated against a severely autistic and epileptic 16 year old and ordered to pay £30,000 damages.

Epileptic girl, 17, who choked on her own vomit in a hospital bed ‘was ignored by two nurses’

  • Lassania Aslam, 17, suffered five epileptic fits in the space of 24 hours
  • Caroline O’Rourke and Mary Subaste failed to look after her properly
  • Coroner’s court hear how hospital neglect contributed to her death

By Steve Robson

PUBLISHED: 09:35, 23 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:53, 23 November 2012

Tragic: Lassania Aslam had learning disabilities and was a life-long sufferer of epilepsy

Tragic: Lassania Aslam had learning disabilities and was a life-long sufferer of epilepsyTwo nurses who ignored the plight of an epileptic girl who died after she inhaled her own vomit in a hospital bed face being struck off.

Lassania Aslam, 17, suffered five seizures in the space of 24 hours after being admitted to The Whittington Hospital in Archway, north London.

But senior nurses Caroline O’Rourke and Mary Subaste failed to ensure she was looked after properly as the 17-year-old’s brain was starved of oxygen, a tribunal heard.

 

Subaste had witnessed two of Lassania’s fits, one of which lasted for six minutes.

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