Wednesday , December 2 2020

Having been bullied at school saves my life & # 39; – an unusual epileptic man's story

A man who deceived a death after having a huge epileptic fit says he had got the bullies that hit him at school to thank for his incredible survival.

Andrew Jackson, 42, was diagnosed with an epilepsy after a gap of measles at the age of three and had to wear a bike helmet through his school years in case of injury during a seizure.

He was bullied as a result of his fears more than epilepsy.

But he was determined that he would not be better off and so kickboxing started at the age of 17 – he is now third Taukwondo World Champion and coach.

He trained him in top physical fitness and made his heart so strong that he could survive a violent seizure nine years ago which could otherwise have been killed.

Andrew Jackson raises awareness of epilepsy

Andrew, a gardener from Horncastle who is married to Susie, now manages his medication condition, told Lincolnshire Live: "I had to wear a seven-to-16 cycle helmet to protect my head when I fell to the floor during an attack.

"I had no confidence and had been bullied for nine years. Bullying dealt with me more than the epilepsy and I was afraid to go to school every day and I did not want it this continued when I left school. "

Mr Jackson discovered new confidence through kickboxing and better co-ordination.

He then set the challenge of being a black belt in Taekwondo regardless of his condition because he wanted to achieve it "the same as anyone else would be".

Mr Jackson, from Lower Toynton, said: "Nine years ago I had a Status Epilepsy, the type of violent seizure where you see someone's body ties.

"I ended at Lincoln Hospital and then two beers later had another seizure – the doctors said that my heart would not have been strong enough for me to survive – my heart would have prepared.

"With epilepsy, you can pick up an aura of what's about to happen as an increasing feeling, as if you got up and then you'll fall to the floor.

"The bullies led me to take a fighting art in the first place so that you could say that the bullies are saving my life."

Mr Jackson, who founded the Horncastle Epilepsy Support Group, is eager to raise awareness of epilepsy and reduce stigma.

He said: "Many people have noticed in the past about the fact that if you can hit the head, it can cause a seizure, but we wear the body and protect body for Taekwondo and people who know I have epilepsy and very careful.

"I believe that people assume that martial arts means that much more is to be learned, and everyone has reasons for training.

"My Epilepsy Stage Status nine years ago I was not fully involved in training, but because I worked very long hours, I found myself very tired.

"I was in hospital for six weeks and because I suffered from injuries from falling to the floor, a helmet was seized.

"They did not have one so I asked my wife to bring a Taekwondo wizard to wear, which kept me from hurting my head."

Andrew Jackson met Frank Bruno at Alton Towers when he was 14. Mr Jackson said: "He was a very nice man. He inspired me."

"When I was better, I got my drive back after medical examinations of the DVLA, GPs and a neurologist.

"I wanted to start training again in Taekwondo, which I still do now and also train.

"This is a different style of Taekwondo and I have to start as a white belt and through a lot of hard work, I'm now a 3rd black belt in World Taekwondo.

"Before taking any sport, it is always a good idea to ask a doctor before training – but I do not want epilepsy to keep up with the things that I enjoy doing."

A coffee session and an awareness of the next episode of Mr Jackson's epilepsy at the Old School Café, at Horncastle at 2pm on January 5. Everyone is welcome.

What should you do if someone has an epileptic seizure?

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain. Electrical activity occurs in our brain through time, as the cells in the brain send messages together.

Seizure occurs when an intense electrical activity occurs suddenly in the brain, causing a temporary disturbance to the way the brain works normally, leading to epileptic seizure.

There are different seizures. In some cases the person can continue to be aware of what is happening in their surroundings, and in other cases people may lose awareness.

Or people may become amazing, fall to the floor and sound happily.

Epilepsy affects around 600,000 people in the UK – about 1 in 100 people.

The condition is treated with anti-epileptic drugs helps to prevent or reduce the number of seizures.

Treatment can include brain surgery, and a special diet is sometimes used for children.

Action Epilepsy has the following advice on first aid during seizures.

Tonic-clonic Seizures used to be called a major seizure.

A person who has a tonic-clone haze gets hard, loses awareness, falls to the floor and starts jerk or convulse.

They may go around the mouth due to irregular breathing.

Sometimes they can lose control of their bladder or bowel, and bite their tongue or inside their mouth.

Here's how to help if you see someone having a chronic-tonic attack.


  • Protect them from injury (remove adverse objects nearby)
  • Hang up their head
  • Search for an identity card epilepsy or identity jewelery – it can give you information about their seizures and what to do
  • How long will the jerking last
  • Help breathe by placing them lightly in the recovery situation once the jerking has expired (see picture)
  • Wait with them until they are completely restored
  • Remember to be calm

Do not:

  • Prevent their movements
  • Put anything in their mouth
  • Try to move them unless they are at risk
  • Give anything to eat or drink until they are completely restored
  • Try bringing them round

Call for an ambulance if:

  • You know it's their first seizure or
  • The jerking lasts for more than five minutes or
  • They have one chronic chronic seizure after another without recovering awareness between confiscation or
  • I wound up during the seizure or
  • You think they need urgent medical attention

Focus hits

You may also hear this type of seizure known as a partial seizure. Someone with a focus may not be aware of their environment or what they do.

They may have unusual movements and behaviors such as turning on their clothes, smacking their lips, swallowing or repeatedly swallowing.

Here's how to help if you see someone who has a focus fit.


  • They guide them away from danger (such as roads or open water)
  • Wait with them until the recovery has been completed
  • Remember to be calm
  • Explain anything they might have had to fail

Do not:

  • Remember to stop them
  • Act in a way that could fear, such as making sudden movements or shouting on them
  • Assume that they are aware of what is happening, or what has happened
  • Give anything to eat or drink until they are completely restored
  • Try bringing them round

Call for an ambulance if:

  • You know it's their first seizure or
  • The seizure lasts for more than five minutes or
  • I wound up during the seizure or
  • You think they need urgent medical attention

Wheelchair arrests

If a person with an epilepsy uses a wheelchair or has mobility problems, their GP or epilepsy specialist should give them a care plan. This should include advice on how to help the person if they have a seizure.

Here is general advice on how to help someone who has a wheelchair seizure.


  • Bring the brakes on to give the camera the best to move
  • Let them continue sitting in the chair during the seizure (unless they have a care plan that says they are moving). Moving them might lead to injuries to you and you
  • If they have a seat belt or harness, let it tie
  • If they do not have a seat belt or a harness, try to support them so they will not fall out of the chair
  • Hang their head and support it lightly. A rolled weekend, pillow or coat can help

The person's care plan should advise on what to do after the seizure has finished. For example, it should tell if they are safe to move from the wheelchair to put them in the recovery situation.

Do not:

  • Prevent their movements
  • Put anything in their mouth
  • Give anything to eat or drink until they are completely restored
  • Try bringing them round

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