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Loiza’s seizures started when she was in year 4 at primary school.


“I was nine years old and my seizures were gelastic. I had them approximately seven times a day but this could change.”Gelastic is a rare type of seizure that involves a sudden burst of energy, usually in the form of laughing or crying.

Loiza had frontal lobe resection surgery in December 2011

Loiza says her sense of independence has changed dramatically and she no longer faces being left out of activities at school. 

“I can now go on trips with school and dancing abroad and on my own. Also, I have lots of friends. I have been away to Disneyland Paris with my dancing school and have been in various concerts singing in the school choir. I am now allowed to be much more independent and I can walk to school with my friends.” 

Crucially, Loiza’s education is back on track and she’s ready to tackle her GCSEs

“I have managed to catch up in all my subjects after missing Year 7 for my operation,” she says. “I enjoy history, religious studies and biology at school. I am taking maths, English, French, history, music, food technology, physics, chemistry and biology for GCSE.”

Loiza hasn’t looked back since her surgery

“Having an operation is nothing to be scared or worried about, as the end result can be like a miracle and you may not have seizures any more. Your life could be completely different if you just trust and believe in the doctors and surgeons, as all they want to do is help you.”

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Thursday 19 June 2014 - 11:59

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