Before Aidan had a genetics test he had quite a poor quality of life. Now, he’s a different person.
Before coming to Epilepsy Society Aidan spent much of his time in and out of hospital. On four occasions they had to put Aidan into an induced coma due to his epilepsy. Aidan was brought to us to have his DNA tested so we could discover the cause of Aidan's seizures. The diagnosis was life-changing.
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The drugs Aidan had been taking were making his seizures worse, so we recommended a change to a more suitable combination. £40 could enable us to take a DNA sample to help identify the cause of someone's epilepsy. Help us uncover the truth behind someone’s epilepsy so that they can regain their lives like Aidan has.
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Aidan had his first seizure at the age of 10 months.
Aidan’s seizures remained uncontrolled and his awareness of the world declined. At the age of 27, Aidan moved into supported living, but he spent much of his time in and out of hospital. Aidan’s consultant neurologist decided to seek the advice of Professor Sanjay Sisodiya, Director of Genomics at Epilepsy Society.
"Aidan is now engaging with the world"
Aidan's mum, Ann-Marie McKendrick, has been with Aidan on every step of his journey. "I was twice asked if I would sign a ‘do not resuscitate’ consent form for Aidan after he had a seizure, but I refused. Aidan is now engaging with the world and the people around him. He’s been to a Take That concert and is even learning to swim! This is all thanks to an epilepsy diagnosis from decoding a person’s DNA."