November 23rd, 2009

Epilepsy is Treatable

Twenty-year-old Manu is a lonely boy. Third child of the presswala of a middle-class locality of Delhi, he is ostracized by friends and people of the neighbourhood, because he gets epileptic seizures. His mother keeps running to different faith healers to find remedy to his ailment, but to no avail. Manu wasn’t born like that but when he was eight-year-old he fell from the terrace of the first floor and sustained head injuries. Since then he has been getting these fits off and on. . Dr Manjari Tripathi, associate professor of neurology with AIIMS says, “Epilepsy is a very common neurological disorder, but it is shrouded in misconceptions and ignorance.” There are stigmas attached

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