Centre pinpoints genetic complications at the heart of teen’s epileptic seizures

Teenager has been through brain surgery, a neuro-stimulation operation and steroid treatment. Now his seizures are under control

Collette Delahunt,  whose son Seán has severe epilepsy and is  now one of 50   people who are undergoing intensive evaluation at the FutureNeuro research centre in Dublin.  Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Collette Delahunt, whose son Seán has severe epilepsy and is now one of 50 people who are undergoing intensive evaluation at the FutureNeuro research centre in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Just before his fourth birthday Seán Delahunt had his first seizure. Collette Delahunt from Dublin recalls the “dreadful shock for the whole family” when her son’s life took a dreadful turn.

He underwent a steep decline from that point; epileptic seizures increased from one a week to 40 a week. Being a young child, he was initially treated in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. He has undergone a difficult journey, undergoing multiple treatments; brain surgery, a neuro-stimulation operation and steroid treatment.

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