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Sandra Grant – A Patient’s Story


In 2009, Sandra was admitted to St James’s Hospital through the emergency department, suffering from multiple seizures. She was in a critical condition due to extreme and persistent seizures. Sandra had never experienced such seizures before and for Sandra and her family this was a most unexpected and frightening time.


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Katie Cooke – A Patient’s Story


Katie is 18 years old. Ten years ago she was diagnosed with epilepsy, which subsequently developed into one of the most aggressive forms of epilepsy. She was hospitalised in August 2012 at Crumlin Hospital, experiencing increasing issues with anti-epileptic medications and was there for over 8 months. During this time, Katie underwent seven different drug trials in quick succession, all with debilitating side effects and culminating in her spending six months in a wheelchair. At that point Katie’s Mam, Nicola, left her job to care for Katie.


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