Young girl who fought epilepsy asks for your help. | Knutsford Times

Young girl who fought epilepsy asks for your help.

By on May 17, 2012

AN ELEVEN-year-old girl who overcame epilepsy is hosting her own art exhibition in Knutsford to raise funds for the
condition.

Emily Loynton, who lives in Knutsford, was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just eight-years-old but beat the condition within two years.

Now Emily, who wants to help others, will be selling her own art at the exhibition and donating the funds to the charity Epilepsy Action in order to raise awareness.

“I think Epilepsy Action is a great charity to support because it helps people to overcome epilepsy, just like me,” she said.

“If people kindly make a donation or even buy one of my drawings, they would not only be helping to make a difference but also ensuring people get the right treatment and medication required to fight epilepsy.”

Emily will be welcoming visitors at her exhibition which takes place on Friday, June 1 at the Canvas Lounge in Knutsford from 3pm until 5pm.

The number of children receiving brain surgery for epilepsy is set to almost treble under plans for a major expansion of services across England.

Bristol Royal Infirmary, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Manchester/Alder Hey have been named by the Department of Health. The hospitals will carry out all operations on children suitable for surgery with difficult to control epilepsy.

Doctors say they will be able to treat three times as many children with drug resistant epilepsy in England and Wales- from 125 to around 350 each year by 2015-2016.

Epilepsy charities welcomed the announcement.

Epilepsy Action’s deputy chief executive, Simon Wigglesworth, said:

“We’re delighted to hear that Alder Hey and Central Manchester trusts have been chosen, and will be working together to provide specialist epilepsy surgery for children. This is a huge step forward that will help build skills and expertise in the field of epilepsy.

“Most importantly it will give more children with difficulty to control epilepsy a chance to have surgery which could significantly impact on their quality of lives.”

Epilepsy Action has been discussing paediatric epilepsy surgery (surgery for people under 18) in England with the Department of Health for some time. The charity has been instrumental in developing the new services to ensure paediatric epilepsy surgery is available in sufficient numbers and with excellent quality across England.

“Paediatric epilepsy surgery has been poorly provided for over recent years,”  Simon Wigglesworth said.

“Surgery can radically improve the lives of young people and, in many cases, cure their epilepsy. These specialist centres will ensure that more children with epilepsy receive the surgery and quality care they need.”

Around 60,000 children in the UK have epilepsy.

This event is proudly hosted by The Canvas Lounge

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