Millions of Americans have epilepsy, and it’s time for officers to learn that it doesn’t always involve falling to the ground and convulsing:
There may be instances when a patient would still be awake but is unable to respond to questions. If this occurs, it will also be identified as complex partial seizure because the person loses awareness which can be observed when the patient is spoken to. Actions such as twitching, walking in circles, rubbing of one’s hands, and unnecessary movements are only some of the characteristics of people who experienced complex partial seizure.
A Treasure Coast, Florida man was arrested for walking in circles. He had his epilepsy medic alert bracelet on. The arrest almost cost him his life due to his seizure’s duration, and cost him a couple of years in prison because police, prosecutors and the judge were all ignorant of what seizures can look like.
Like many if not most who have epilepsy, the Treasure Coast man became afflicted after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). While fishing, he was ambushed by a robber and beaten senseless with a 2 x 4. Many persons with TBI also have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) … any brain injury sufficient to cause permanent electrical dysfunction is obviously significant enough to cause emotional scarring. While some with PTSD can be unpredictable, others experience deer-in-the-headlights disorientation.
The very people who say that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it find every excuse in the world to be held harmless for their ignorance of common medical conditions, and it’s NOT ACCEPTABLE: The numbers of soldiers returning from combat with epilepsy is considered an epidemic by some experts.
Here’s hoping there will be complete honesty about Ron Hillstrom’s death, that begins with a medical explanation of why he was walking in circles.