Actor John Travolta continued his testimony today in a trial of a paramedic and a former Bahamian senator who tried to extort money from the star. The two men threatened to release private details of the rescue effort to save the life of his 16 year old son, Jett. Jett, who had suffered a seizure, died after CPR attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Travolta said Jett was autistic and suffered seizures every five to 10 days. He said the seizures would last 45 seconds to a minute and Jett typically slept for12 hours after each one.
A seizure is the physical findings or changes in behavior that occur after an episode of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. There is a broad spectrum of how this abnormal activity is manifested- anything from a short period of inattentiveness or staring (absence seizures) to a seizure which causes whole body shaking (generalized tonic-clonic seizures). Most seizures last 5 minutes or less. Afterwards, the individual will seem very tired and will go to sleep. We will discuss other aspects of seizures/epilepsy in future blogs on this website, however it is important to know what to do if you witness someone having a seizure.
If you see someone having a seizure with convulsions and/or loss of consciousness, here’s how you can help:
The person is pregnant or has diabetes.
After the seizure ends, the person will probably be groggy and tired. He or she also may have a headache and be confused or embarrassed. Be patient with the person and try to help him or her find a place to rest if he or she is tired or doesn’t feel well. If necessary, offer to call a taxi, a friend, or a relative to help the person get home safely.
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