Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1-2% of the NZ population. Approximately 1 in 50 people according to Epilepsy New Zealand website - link here.
Epilepsy is a complex disorder, the people affected will have recurring and spontaneous seizures. There are various types of seizures but they are always due to bursts of electrical activity in the brain. These 'bursts' are a chemical imbalance responsible for transmission of impulses - some are mild and others severe and prolonged.
The cause of epilepsy can be due to severe head injury, strokes, birth trauma, brain tumours, toxins, brain infection, brain diseases, genetic condition or drug abuse. However, in many cases the cause is unknown.
St John have a great link here to discuss the process of how to help a person who is having or has had a seizure.
HOW A MEDICAL ID CAN HELP
If you or someone you know and love lives with epilepsy, medical ID jewellery is imperative to aid in quick diagnosis for first responders and can speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself.
We recommend engraving the following details:
ON X MEDICATION
ICE: +64(0)21 XXXXXXX