Seizure woman has new life after surgery
Reaction: Locals fail to be convinced by blueprints
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
KEY POINT: Members of the public examine the proposals for the East Link at a drop in session in Smithton Church yesterday.