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Epilepsy Action Helping Hands Awards - Jack McGhee

26 Aug 2020

Eight year old Jack was nominated for a Helping Hand award by his dad Richard.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Richard had his first tonic clonic seizure. He was walking to the village shop with Jack, when he fell. He fractured his skull, broke his shoulder and collarbone and spent 8 days in hospital. As his dad lay, unconscious, Jack shouted for help, and started to call 999 before a passer-by took over the emergency call. Jack then made a phone call to his mum, telling her that: “daddy has fallen and is bleeding”.

Richard has gone on to be diagnosed with epilepsy. He said: “I feel that day was a life changer, not just for me but for my son. He is only eight years old and he dealt with it all this in such a calm and grown up way. It makes me feel so proud and safe to be around him. He will always be my hero for his actions on that day. He potentially saved my life.”

Philip Lee, chief executive at Epilepsy Action said: “For his age, Jack showed truly remarkable courage and care towards his dad. We are delighted to be able to recognise him as the true hero he is with this award. We know that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. It is brilliant to hear stories of people making the world better for people with epilepsy.”

 

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