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Davi was 12 years old when he started to have epileptic seizures. His father Gilbert remembers: "Davi developed constant fits and would collapse and fall as many as four times in a day. He had to miss school frequently. This was really distressing to us as a family." Fortunately help was at hand. Gilbert heard that the local Leonard Cheshire Disability staff had organised a community health clinic at the local secondary school and that one of the nurses there had been trained in the management of epilepsy.
"I took my son to the clinic and heís now receiving medication from the nurse," says Gilbert. "He has improved greatly and often goes for many months without a fit."
Best of all, Davi is now back at school, where he receives support from the Leonard Cheshire Disability inclusive education project. We have worked to create understanding and awareness of his condition among teachers and students. As Davi says: "My friends are good. They donít run away from me any more when I fall in school."
Davi's family couldnít be happier at the way things have turned out for him. His father says proudly: "I know my son will become somebody in future."