BC Epilepsy Society on Global News July 24th
On Wednesday July 24th, Kim Davidson, Executive Director of the BC Epilepsy Society was featured on Global News Morning in their Health Matters segment, to discuss epilepsy in the wake of the tragic passing of actor Cameron Boyce.
We hope that everyone was able to tune in to the segment at 8:15 AM or DVR/PVR it to watch it later. However, if you were not able to, you can watch it below:
During the segment, Kim expressed her deepest condolences for everyone affected by the death of Cameron Boyce and provided more information about epilepsy, shedding some light on a misunderstood disorder and educated viewers on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), which affects 1 to 2 of every 1000 people with epilepsy every year.
Kim also discussed statistics on epilepsy, seizures and SUDEP, such as the fact that 1 in 12 people will experience a seizure during their lifetime and that 1 in 100 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy during their lifetime. Some of the statistics brought up may have been surprising to some viewers as it shows how common epilepsy and seizures really are.
In fact, a statistic that was mind-blowing to everyone present during the segment was that in the United States, the number of deaths attributed to epilepsy equals the number of deaths attributed to breast cancer or traffic accidents, annually!