‘Outgoing’ 21-year-old died during seizure just months after epilepsy diagnosis

A younger man died just months after being recognized with epilepsy.

William Workman, 21, suffered his first epileptic match in January this yr, having by no means formerly proven any symptoms of the circumstance.

His brother, Joe Workman, who’s from Bristol but based in Newport, said William died on June 30 and an post-mortem after his death revealed he died whilst having an epileptic healthy.

Joe is about to run the 26 miles of the Brighton Marathon subsequent 12 months in reminiscence of his more youthful brother, who he defined as an “outgoing, guffawing lad”.

“He had his first one in work I consider, and we kind of knew not anything about it as a circle of relatives. He’d never suffered earlier than,” he said.

Joe, 25, said William went for a few checks which “couldn’t locate whatever” and said medical doctors failed to to start with placed it right down to epilepsy.

“They initially said it wasn’t right down to epilepsy,” Joe stated.

“They did a majority of these exams which got here again poor, he didn’t have an abnormal heartbeat or whatever. Everything became coming back announcing ‘it is not this, it is now not that’, however no person appeared so as to give us an answer.”

But it was best in round May that docs told William they believed he had a mild shape of epilepsy. By this time, he said his brother’s seizures, which were initially mild and sporadic, became extra abnormal, excessive and frequent over the years. At one factor he suffered a 25-minute-long seizure and his family grew extra worried.

“He’d be exhausted the day after, but he changed into in no way very sick,” he said.

“They stated that seemingly teenage boys can grow into it and develop again out of it, that it’s no longer constantly a situation that is recognized from delivery. But apparently it’s handiest teenage boys can get it, now not teenage women, as a long way as they recognize yet.”

Joe said his brother’s seizures came as a selected surprise given there is no history of epilepsy in his family.

“It turned into a big surprise to all people. There’s no history of that everywhere within the own family earlier, so it changed into something all of us had been very, very fresh to.

“It was one of these things wherein you could not predict when it changed into going to happen. They tried him on medicine and he become nice for a piece, however then he’d have one so that they’d attempt him on distinct medication. And then he’d have two in per week, so it become clean it wasn’t working.

“He’d have a suit and haven’t any concept, then he’d relax and are available spherical and be like ‘what occurred?’.

“They stated that as it was something he’d grown into, it might by no means emerge as something serious, however it did not show to be the case sadly.”

Joe stated his own family sat down with William early on in February to talk about the effect it may have on his existence.

“We said he needed to hand in his driving licence, because it changed into excellent while he had [a fit] while he become in control, however if he had one whilst driving it is able to be a whole lot worse.

“Worst case scenario it is able to injure himself and somebody else.”

Describing William as a “healthful young lad” who played five-a-aspect soccer, Joe said his brother in no way let his situation get to him, even after it forced him to stop driving.

“He knew he had it, but he never liked to speak approximately it. He in no way let it get within the manner or trade him, and I suppose that become the strongest a part of him. He stated if it occurs, it takes place.

“He become kind of trying to observe after me, because I always moaned at him that ‘you’ve got started working, get a job’, things like that. But he changed into continually a lad that said he’d simply be good at video video games when he become older, and I’d tell him to wake up and smell the coffee,” he chuckled.

On the morning of Wednesday June 30, 2021, Joe were given a call from their dad Nigel to say William had died.

“When the telephone went I idea it was a bit abnormal, you realize. My dad does not commonly ring after I’m in paintings,” he remembered.

Joe Workman (left) who lives in Newport is running the Brighton Marathon in memory of his late brother William Workman (right) who died earlier this year after suffering an epileptic fit

“He said ‘you want to sit down’ and I just notion, oh God.

“The post-mortem came returned and the handiest factor they could put it right down to was that he surpassed away at the same time as having an epileptic in shape.

“The Tuesday night [before he died] was when England beat Germany within the Euros, and he’d phoned me up announcing ‘I can not agree with it, I can not agree with it’. We had been having a proper old natter. I stated I had some tyres I wanted becoming and he said he changed into returned in next Monday. But a day later I were given the decision.”

Tragically, William’s loss of life got here the week he become due to complete his apprenticeship with Kwik Fit in Keynsham, between Bristol and Somerset.

Joe said losing William was a large blow as he had by no means previously lost a relative, no longer even a grandparent.

And he said it came at a time while his brother had absolutely started out to revel in his paintings.

“It changed into something he had grow to be enthusiastic about doing. He truly cherished going out, he in no way had an problem getting up for it. It became certainly great to see him take that method to it.”

Joe admitted matters have “no longer been all sunshine” in view that William died, adding that his work as a HGV technician “stops me considering things in that sense, however if I do step lower back it starts offevolved to hit home.”

He stated he determined to enter the Brighton Marathon as a way of honouring his late brother’s reminiscence and to pay off the love his brother’s pals had proven after his dying.

“A lot of pals he used to play soccer with wanted to do some thing for him. He used to mention he had no pals, but whilst this befell, we would never seen so many humans in a single vicinity,” he stated.

“The restrictions on simplest having 30 human beings have been in region and we would been questioning ‘how are we going to determine which 30 to ask’, however then they have been lifted some weeks before. The turnout turned into unreal. I don’t suppose I know as many people as he knew.

“We sat down and had a talk and stated we had to supply some thing lower back.”

Both Joe and the brothers’ dad Nigel are presently training for the Brighton Marathon subsequent April, and feature set up GoFundMe pages to elevate money for The National Society for Epilepsy. The pair have already raised £five,050 for Epilepsy Research UK and Joe’s present GoFundMe web page for the National Society for Epilepsy has raised £205 to this point.

“The help is really phenomenal. We chose something that become relatable, to raise consciousness and assist these charities retain their studies,” he stated. “You’re by no means going to prevent it, but research can with a bit of luck placed a gradual down to it.”

Joe might be going for walks a marathon for the primary time, and he is hoping to complete the occasion in below 4 hours.

“I’ve performed multiple 10Ks in Bristol, and usually notion about doing a 1/2. Then my dad signed up for this and I concept ‘I’ll really push the boat out’.”

He introduced: “I’m going out 3 to four times a week doing little routes, and simply constructing it up until I can address bigger runs. My dad thinks I’m mad however I thought I may as properly deliver some thing again as well.

“Obviously having never performed one earlier than I do not absolutely have a personal nice target – but you have to begin someplace!”

Commenting on his brother, Joe said: “He turned into a totally outgoing, giggling lad. He in no way permit something hinder him or get him down. He was one of these men that you may never be irritated at, he just had that presence. He constantly went right into a room with the aspiration of making one individual smile, that form of issue.

 

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