The call mum had dreaded: Izzie’s drugs had failed

Sunday Sun - - News - By Chris Knight christo­pher.knight@reach­plc.com

Re­porter LIT­TLE Izzie Arm­strong had gone two years with­out an epilep­tic seizure when her wor­ried mum re­ceived the call she’d al­ways dreaded.

The brave four-year-old, from North Shields, was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a fit at Wood­lawn School in Monkseaton on Septem­ber 19.

Tests re­vealed Izzie’s med­i­ca­tion – which had pre­vi­ously stopped the tod­dler hav­ing up to 30 seizures a week – had failed her for the first time.

The school­girl is now back at home re­cov­er­ing, and the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent has prompted mum Emma to high­light just how life-chang­ing an epilepsy di­ag­no­sis can be.

Emma, 35, said: “I don’t think peo­ple un­der­stand how se­ri­ous it is. I’ve had some peo­ple telling me she will grow out of it.

“She will live with epilepsy for the rest of her life. She might not be able to drive or live in­de­pen­dently, or even do sim­ple things like hav­ing a bath.

“Izzie needs im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion dur­ing a seizure as she stops breath­ing. I have been trained to give mouth-to-mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion and we

IAIN BUIST

Izzie Arm­strong

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