When people with epilepsy are told about Sudden Unexpected Death, they naturally wonder “Will it happen to me?” But actually, the chances of dying from SUDEP are remote.
Though it is still difficult to know exactly how many people with epilepsy die each year due to SUDEP, estimates range from 7–17% (according to the National Institute of Health) and perhaps 50% among patients with refractory epilepsy.
Most of us live a full life span and should not spend time worrying about potential epilepsy-related catastrophes. But people who live with epilepsy or with a loved one who has epilepsy should be aware that epilepsy occasionally can be fatal…
About the author
Phylis Feiner Johnson has been a professional copywriter for 30 years. She also spent 20 years with epilepsy. She writes from the heart to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. For further information, contact The Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania at http://www.efepa.org/ and please make a contribution to become an advocate, too.