A woman who lost her sister to epilepsy attended a special reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, last week.
Michelle Samuel, from Heathfield, lost her little sister Diane Croft at the age of just 20 in 2004 after she died from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
The event at Downing Street launched charity SUDEP Action’s appeal for research into a sleep monitoring device that could help prevent the condition. Michelle attended the event with her husband Andrew Samuel. She has been working with SUDEP Action to raise awareness and support research into SUDEP. The charity said epilepsy claims at least 1150 lives in the UK every year and about 500 of these are SUDEP.