Our daughter Jane died from SUDEP & possibly from ours and her ignorance. Nearly half of all SUDEP deaths are avoidable. Stay Alive - Read On.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Ignorance is not Acceptable

I know that had my daughter been, for instance, at home at the time of her death then it might have been possible that I would have been charged with, at worst, murder.  They key point is that SUDEP is defined as "when every other cause has been excluded, then it's SUDEP".  So if someone with epilepsy dies suddenly and unexpectedly the the police have an obligation to investigate the possibility of murder by those around that person at the time.  Think I am making this up?
Take the death of 18-month-old Raime Myers of Regina, USA.  Now I have no way of knowing what happened in reality, and I am making no judgements.  But in this article on the Leader Post there is clearly a case of someone being charged with manslaughter of Raime, and then the question of SUDEP being raised as a possible defense.

What would I have felt like in that position.  Had I been charged with manslaughter, what would have been going on in my mind?  What would have been going on in my family?  That is of course assuming I still had a family!

The relative ignorance we live with today regarding SUDEP is not acceptable.  We must do a lot more research, we must be in a position to know whether someone died of SUDEP or whether they were in fact killed.  Otherwise innocent people will have their lives destroyed not only by the emotion of losing a loved one but also potentially lose their families and friends, and perhaps even go to prison.

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