RESPONSE OF THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF GREATER LOS ANGELES TO POLICE SHOOTING NEAR SAN DIEGO
We are saddened to hear of the death of a man involved in yesterday’s police shooting near San Diego (CBS News 8 Report). There are conflicting reports if the man had been having a seizure or was affected by other medical conditions. Regardless, this incident is another reminder of the public’s general lack of understanding about epilepsy and seizures.
Over a lifetime, 1 in 10 people will have a seizure and 1 in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a spectrum disorder with many different types of seizures and symptoms. Seizures are not always convulsions and do not always look the same. Some types of seizures can impair a person’s ability to respond even while they are standing and walking around.
Law enforcement needs additional training to recognize a medical emergency, such as some types of seizures, and to know what to do. This tragic situation may have been avoided. The nationwide Epilepsy Foundation is here to bring awareness and educate the public and first responders on how to recognize seizures and provide appropriate seizure first aid.
For more information about our free training, please visit www.epilepsy.com/firstresponders.
To request a training from the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, please submit your request HERE.
David Koizumi, AGK Media Group
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It is time for the community to take action, come and walk with us on November 6 at the Rose Bowl. Your support allows us to provide education to first responders and others in the community. Visit WalktoEndEpilepsy to register.
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