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Casualty airs epilepsy brain surgery story

Saturday’s (5 November) episode of BBC One’s Casualty followed the story of a 15-year-old teenage boy called Reece who experienced a tonic clonic seizure on his way into town after escaping his residential school to go on a date with Becca.


Paramedics brought in teenager Reece after witnesses found him having a tonic clonic seizure and hitting his head on the pavement whilst on his way into town.

Later on in the episode we discover that Reece was booked in to have neurosurgery, watch the episode and find out what happened next!


Up to a quarter to a third of children with epilepsy do not respond to antiepileptic drugs. Epilepsy surgery should be considered early in these children.

Epilepsy surgery (neurosurgery) may be considered if antiepileptic drug treatment has been shown to be ineffective and if, after a number of detailed tests, the results of these investigations show that:

Thank you

Young Epilepsy would like to thank Head of Adult Residential Services, Gill Walters and Epilepsy Nurse Specialist, Clare Harrisson for contributing to the storyline.

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