A teenage girl faces sudden death on a daily basis as a result of a condition that her family believes is caused by bullying. Kayleigh O’Connor, 18, has a rare problem called non-epileptic attack disorder, or NEAD. Each day, she can suffer up to 13 seizures a day. As a result, she can seriously hurt herself, and has a catalogue of injuries including falling down the stairs, scalding herself and banging her head on a table. Kayleigh, from West Bromwich, also suffers from Todd’s Paralysis – which can lead to stroke-like symptoms, robbing the teenager of the use of her left side and affecting her speech for up to three days. NEAD cannot be treated by medication, only therapy, reports Birmingham Live . And it’s a condition that her family believes was triggered by bullying. In fact, things got so bad that Kayleigh was forced to change schools. Kayleigh can have up to nine fits in a row and can stop breathing during extreme episodes. She had two seizures on Monday evening, February 22, and an ambulance was called after she stopped breathing. Her mum Debbie was instructed to carry out CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive before the… Read full this story
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