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  • Karen Davila's Son Suffered A Seizure: 'All I Could Do Was Ask God to Heal And Save David'

    About a third of individuals with autism develop seizures.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Karen Davila and her husband DJ Sta. Ana. arrived from a trip to Sorsogon. Their son David, 17, who has autism, was greeting them at the lobby of their condo when he started to have a seizure. 

    "Nanigas ang kanyang buong katawan, bumagsak sa sahig at nawalan ng malay," Karen wrote on Instagram. It was David's first episode, save for one scary incident when he was age 7, Karen adds. 

    About a third of individuals on the autism spectrum will develop seizures. According to Autism Help, it may not manifest in early childhood but can start as late as adolescence. Experts suggest seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that's associated with autism.

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    "All I could do was shout the name of our Lord Jesus Christ non-stop, asking Him to heal and save David at that very moment," Karen said. She admitted she started preparing for the uncertain outcome of events. 

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    Karen believed his son's seizure lasted for seven long minutes. Thankfully, David regained consciousness, although he was "very groggy and weak." But his memory and faculties are intact, and it was evident when he was able to answer questions.

    David underwent a 24-hour video EEG and MRI to monitor his brain activity. He is on track to recovery and even managed to accompany his mom to work already. Karen shared his son will need anti-seizure medicines to prevent it from happening again. 

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    In her Facebook post, Karen thanked the first responders in their condominium for knowing what to do to help save David's life. She also gave a shoutout to David's pediatrician, who has autism expertise for being on call despite recently surviving COVID-19.

    In the comments on her post on Instagram, she also thanked Matteo Guidicelli for his kindness and care. He and Sarah Geronimo were at the condo building's lobby when David's seizure happened.

    Karen shared the life lessons her son's seizure episode taught her. For starters, she was reminded to call on God first. She believed it's His will that allowed them to be present when the incident happened. 

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    "Life is precious and fragile," Karen wrote. "Totoo, mahal natin ang ating mga anak at lahat nais nating ibigay sa kanila. Pero iba ang pakiramdam kapag naharap ka sa pagkakataon at posibilidad na mawawala siya sa'yo," she shared. 

    In a new light, she saw how privileged she is to be a mother to her child every day. "Let us never take our kids for granted and our loved ones. Hug them, pay attention to them, talk to them, recommit daily to them," she added. 

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