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Facts about Epilepsy


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– Epilepsy affects people of all ages – from newborns to ninety.

– Epilepsy is a condition of the brain causing seizures (a disruption of the electrical communication between neurons).

– There are over 70,000 cases of epilepsy in Hong Kong.

– In 6 out of 10 epilepsy cases, the cause is unknown.

– “Epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide. It has no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries.” – World Health Organization

– There are 65 million people around the world who have epilepsy.

– Enlighten supports 850 patients a year who receive clinic care, diagnostic testing and their medications at no cost.

– 65 cents of every dollar donated to Enlighten goes directly to serve people with epilepsy through our programs and services. 

– Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

– Epilepsy education and seizure first aid training are two of Enlighten’s main goals. We educate over 10,000 people each year.

– There are many different types of epilepsy.

– Epilepsy is treatable. Treatments include: medications, surgery, electrical stimulation therapy or special diets.

– Did you know these 13 Celebrities have shared their stories about having Epilepsy

– There are over 2,000,000 people in the United States who currently have epilepsy.

– Enlighten proudly offers epilepsy education and seizure first aid to schools. 

– People can’t swallow their tongue during a seizure. It’s physically impossible. 

– Epilepsy is NOT contagious. There is no way to ‘catch’ epilepsy from another person.

– Do not put anything in person’s mouth during a seizure. 

– Did you know Enlighten was founded in 2001.

– 1 in 100 people in Hong Kong will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

– Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in children.

– Epilepsy is NOT uncommon. It affects more people than cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis combined.

– Enlighten's mission is to lead the fight against stigma, seizures and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.


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