New Bill Would Help Students Who Have Seizures

Barbara Schwarz
February 04, 2019 - 8:38 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Sam's law is geared to those Texas students who suffer from seizures, and there are many.  

Sheri Dudo, founder the non-profit group Purple Warriors of Texas says the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas has stated there are 49,050 Texas children have epilepsy.  

"One in ten people will have a seizure in their lifetime. They can be caused by high fever, infection, dehydration, overheating, a brain injury a concussion and more." She says "many of our school personnel are not trained in what to do." 

Sam's law aims to correct that and consists of three steps.  

Any school personnel who has any contact with children will watch a short video every year on seizure recognition and seizure first aid. A nurse, one time in their career will watch a two hour, fifteen minute video that will go into more detail explaining what must be done for children experiencing a seizure. There will also be a seizure action plan, a form filled out by the child's neurologist and parent which is given to the school.  It is detailed instruction on what to do if that child has a seizure in the school.  

Dudo says training will make children safer and give them peace of mind. 

"Children worry about having a seizure in front of their classmates. And worry that their teachers will not know how to respond. So this will give them the peace of mind and they'll feel more comfortable, knowing the adults in charge will know how to respond appropriately."

The bill is named after Samantha Watkins, an 18-year-old Kilgore high school student athlete who died after a massive seizure at home in December of 2016. She had her first seizure on Labor day of that year while working as a camp counselor.