People still don’t understand epilepsy. It can kill you, 1 out 1,000 people with epilepsy. Here is another actor that dies from Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy from THE SUN.
Amii Lowndes death – Doctor Who actress, 29, died from undiagnosed epilepsy after seizure in parents’ garden
- 21:17, 3 Apr 2021
- Updated: 0:35, 4 Apr 2021
DOCTOR Who actress Amii Lowndes died from undiagnosed epilepsy after suffering two seizures, an inquest heard.
The 29-year-old collapsed from SUDEP – sudden unexpected death in epilepsy – in her parents’ garden.
Doctors had not diagnosed Amii’s epilepsy, despite the actress having suffered the seizures – one just weeks before her death.
Her devastated family told the Mirror that the young actress had no idea the attacks could kill her.
Lowndes’ mum, Bea, said her daughter first had a seizure in 2018.
Despite this, the family only learned about SUDEP upon her death.
She was fun-loving, full of life and had so many ideas. We feel her loss at every moment.Bea Lowndes
Speaking after her daughter’s inquest, Bea said: “Losing her was never on the cards.
“She was fun-loving, full of life and had so many ideas. We feel her loss at every moment.
“Nothing will bring Amii back but if we can save one other family going through our pain, it will be worth it.”
Amii, who also had roles in Skins and Casualty, collapsed in Bristol in May 2020, after returning from her home in London during the first Covid lockdown.
A consultant neurologist failed to diagnose epilepsy, despite the actress showing typical symptoms, the coroner heard.
She was not started on medication to prevent epilepsy, as is usually recommended, following a second episode.
However, the inquest was told it was “unlikely” the lack of treatment led directly to Amii’s death just weeks later, on June 15.
Giving evidence, Prof David Chadwick said the “tragic outcome” could not have been anticipated.
“Even with a diagnosis of epilepsy and proper medication, there is still a risk of death from SUDEP.”
And senior coroner Maria Voisin said she did not believe the failure to diagnose and treat Amii’s epilepsy reached the threshold to conclude her death was contributed to by neglect.