Thursday 22 August 2019

More than 40pc of Irish people believe you should put something in a person’s mouth during a seizure - survey

Peter Murphy, CEO of Epilepsy Ireland
Peter Murphy, CEO of Epilepsy Ireland
Jane Last

Jane Last

More than 40pc of Irish people still incorrectly believe that you should put something in a person’s mouth during a seizure to prevent them from swallowing their tongue.

The survey - done to mark Irish Epilepsy Awareness this week - was done to measure the level of myths and misunderstandings surrounding the condition and what people can do when a person has a fit.

Epilepsy Ireland CEO Peter Murphy is calling on people to see what they should do by visiting their website epilepsy.ie.

“Thankfully, seizure awareness in Ireland has improved in recent years but as this survey shows there are still myths and misunderstandings that persist such as interfering with someone’s mouth during a seizure," he said.

"We want to encourage everyone to spend just a few minutes on epilepsy.ie to understand a little more about what to do in this situation.

Today saw 40 buildings around Ireland turn purple for National Epilepsy Awareness Day, which was supported by Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt.

Text donations can be made by texting “Epilepsy” to 50300 and donating €2 to Epilepsy Ireland.

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