Our May warrior – Violet

When we found out we were pregnant with our second child we were delighted! We had always wanted a sibling for our 3-year-old son Ronnie. The pregnancy progressed as normal, with no causes for concern, until we attended a routine scan at 36 weeks. The sonographer noticed something unexpected on our daughter’s brain. The ultrasound […]

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Fantastic news – NICE publish new guidelines for epilepsy

Today NICE have published their new guidelines for assessment and treatment of epilepsy. The old guideline did not make any specific provision for infantile spasms, lumping all first seizures together and recommending an assessment within 2 weeks. UKIST are honoured to have been a stakeholder in developing and reviewing the new guidelines, which recognize ( […]

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UKIST annual meeting report

SATURDAY 26 & SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2022, VIA ZOOM Attendees: Alice Goldhill, Amy Dowding, Jenny Rawling, Louisa Freer, Michelle Scoffield, and Samia Sanders. Apologies: Belen Robbins. UKIST AMBITIONS Trustees unanimously agreed to maintain the current charity ambitions, with no amendments:  Educate – to improve awareness of the symptoms of infantile spasms amongst the medical […]

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Information for anyone with epilepsy affected by the war in Ukraine

The crisis in Ukraine means that many people with epilepsy may have difficulty accessing medications and treatment, whether they have fled the country or remain, and this could have dire consequences for those with the most complex needs. Language barriers, individual country policies on medications available and trying to cross borders with multiple medications are […]

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Our March warrior Chloe – beating the odds.

Chloe was born unexpectedly at 28 weeks 5 days weighing a little over 3lb and spent the first 170 days of her life in hospital. She battled sepsis and meningitis in her first week and then the doctors discovered a bronchogenic cyst compressing her airway. At just under 3 weeks old she had her first […]

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Our January warrior Tristan

Our January post is an update on a previous story – written by Tristan’s dad Adrian. Looking back over the last four years it’s been one hell of a ride. There have been some highs but also some lows that have had me on my knees in tears wondering how I’m gonna have the strength […]

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