Seizure woman has new life af­ter surgery

Re­ac­tion: Lo­cals fail to be con­vinced by blue­prints

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

An An­gus woman with epilepsy and cere­bral palsy, who used to suf­fer more than 100 seizures a day, has seen the qual­ity of her life im­prove dra­mat­i­cally.

Jackie Kelly’s re­cov­ery came af­ter an op­er­a­tion and help she re­ceived from Lor­raine Mc­Nab, the Quar­ri­ers epilepsy field­worker for cen­tral and south Aberdeen­shire.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides care for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, adults and fam­i­lies who face chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

Ms Kelly, 50, had to cope with mul­ti­ple daily seizures for al­most 40 years. One such in­ci­dent led to her break­ing a bone in her back.

But, af­ter work­ing with Ms Mc­Nab, she was

“The change in Jackie af­ter the op­er­a­tion has been dra­matic”

re­ferred to a Quar­ri­ers cen­tre in Glas­gow where staff ad­vised her to have corpus cal­loso­tomy surgery.

Fol­low­ing the op­er­a­tion three months ago, Ms Kelly’s seizures have dra­mat­i­cally re­duced. She has since ex­pe­ri­enced just two seizures and six small twitches in to­tal.

Her mother, Mar­garet said: “Jackie is a very pos­i­tive per­son and al­ways smiles and says noth­ing’s wrong, so this ini­tially made it dif­fi­cult for doc­tors to know ex­actly what was go­ing on.

“How­ever, when she was un­der con­stant ob­ser­va­tion they were able to see the full ex­tent of her con­di­tion. I can see a real dif­fer­ence in Jackie now and she’s so much brighter.”

Ms Mc­Nab said: “The change in Jackie af­ter the op­er­a­tion has been dra­matic. When I first knew her, she had so many seizures ev­ery day. The trans­for­ma­tion has been amaz­ing.” “This end of it, the Cul­lo­den end, seems al­right; the big prob­lem is the other end at the junc­tion of the B9006 Cul­lo­den road. They say there is go­ing to be traf­fic lights con­trol but it will cause a bot­tle neck. I don’t think they have taken into ac­count the 2,000 new houses on the strand devel­op­ment. David McGrath, chair­man of Smith­ton and Cul­lo­den Com­mu­nity Coun­cil

“It’s sup­posed to make life eas­ier to get onto the A9. In­shes round­about is a night­mare just now so what it will be like dur­ing the works, heaven only knows. My thoughts are that it will be a min­i­mum of 10 years yet. We have a lot more plan­ning and protests yet.”

Bob Glover, 76, Trea­surer of In­ver­ness Food Stuff from Bal­loch “We live in Re­saurie and we will ob­vi­ously have the vis­ual as­pect of the new road. I am not sure about the sound we will get from the traf­fic. Traf­fic gen­er­ates quite a bit of noise, es­pe­cially if the wind is up. It doesn’t bother us. We hear the traf­fic from the A9 if the wind is com­ing from the west.”

Peter Rat­tray, 77, semire­tired from Re­saurie

“We moved here 14 years ago and there was none of this. We thought it was won­der­ful but now we are go­ing to be liv­ing right in the mid­dle of a build­ing site. What about all this agri­cul­tural land they are tak­ing away? I can’t see the space for it, I can’t pic­ture there is enough space to put it there.” Irene Glover, 76, re­tired from Bal­loch

Pho­to­graph by Sandy McCook

KEY POINT: Mem­bers of the pub­lic ex­am­ine the pro­pos­als for the East Link at a drop in ses­sion in Smith­ton Church yes­ter­day.

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