Samantha's Story

Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ahearn died of SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) just six months after her first seizure.

She had barely had time to come to terms with her diagnosis of epilepsy when she had a seizure on the stairs of her family home. Samantha died at the bottom of the stairs with her mum, Lynn McGoff beside her.

'It was only Samantha's sixth seizure and it was not as vigorous as her previous ones,' said Lynn. 'Everything seemed to just suddenly stop for her. It was as though a light bulb had switched off and she had gone. I couldn't believe she had died. I kept expecting her to start snoring as she usually did after a seizure. I was trying to reassure her.'