Four-year-old Logan responded to help called beforehand by his mother, when the latter was having an epileptic seizure.
Kayla Mohr has suffered from epilepsy for ten years. She had already explained to her four-year-old son, Logan, that if he ever saw her having an epileptic fit, he had to go find his father. Last month, he was even more responsive.
One day, while preparing her son for school, the American living in the state of Wisconsin begins to feel bad, she explains to the American television channel HLN, a subsidiary of CNN. She then sits down, calls for help, then begins to have an epileptic fit.
“My mom is having a fit”
She therefore cannot speak when the emergency services pick up the telephone. In the recording of the call, broadcast by HLN, her baby boy is heard answering their questions. “My mum is having a seizure,” he says, “she is shaking in her legs and head.” When asked if his mother is able to speak on the phone, he replies in the negative. The operator on the line then asks him if he knows “if it’s called an ‘epileptic fit'”, and he confirms that it is.
Logan stayed on the phone until an ambulance arrived, with his one-year-old sister beside him. His mother was taken care of.
“You can’t train a child to do that, it’s just instinct,” Kayla Mohr emotionally tells HLN.
The boy was received by the local sheriff, obtained a first aid certificate and met the woman he spoke to during the call.
600,000 people concerned in France
Epilepsy is, according to Health Insurance, a chronic disease characterized by the occurrence of seizures, which “reflect a sudden and transient disruption of the electrical activity of the brain”.
Seizures are not the only symptoms: a seizure can also lead to disorientation, loss of consciousness or even sensory disturbances (visual, auditory, taste).
An epileptic seizure can have various consequences, such as trauma related to a fall, destruction of muscle cells and neurological sequelae if it lasts a long time, due to the insufficient supply of oxygen and the massive release of messengers chemicals by neurons.
According to the World Health Organization, a UN agency, the cause of epilepsy remains unknown for 50% of cases worldwide. The disease can, for example, come from a brain tumour, severe head trauma, stroke… 600,000 people suffer from epilepsy in France and nearly half of them are under the age of 20. years, according to Inserm, a public medical research institute.
Original article published on BFMTV.com
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