Epilepsy Foundation Say Education About Seizures Necessary [AUDIO]
UNDATED – The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is reacting to the latest seizure by Gopher football coach Jerry Kill.
Executive Director Vicky Kopplin says speculation over the past few days that coach Kill isn’t capable of leading the team is disappointing.
Kopplin says Kill is just one of 60,000 Minnesotans who live with the unpredictable nature of seizures every day. She says it affects more Americans that multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and parkinson’s disease combined.
Kill suffered the seizure around halftime on Saturday. He was taken off the field on a stretcher. It’s his third documented episode during a game at Minnesota since 2011.
Kill has returned to work, and his boss says he still has full confidence in Kill’s ability to do the job despite another public seizure.
Athletic director Norwood Teague said Monday that he had not discussed with Kill a worst-case scenario in which his epilepsy would be too much to manage while trying to run a winning team.
The seizures can occur without warning, but Kill has taken several steps toward living more effectively with his condition, including changes in diet and exercise.