Reports are stating that Teresa Heinz Kerry’s recent emergency room visit was caused by a grand mal seizure. She was listed as in critical condition on Sunday, July 7. The cause of the seizure is unknown.
Mrs. Kerry is the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as well as heir to the ketchup company. Since Sunday, her condition has been listed as fair and she is still being evaluated. Heinz Kerry, 74, was flown to Boston to undergo more medical treatment after being initially taken in an ambulance from the couple’s home in Nantucket, Mass. According to one source, she had to be intubated, which is not common.
A grand mal seizure is the most severe type of seizure a person can have because it causes the whole body to lose consciousness.
“It’s an electrical storm in the brain,” said Dr. Nathan Fountain, director of the F.E. Dreifuss Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. “The effort of a seizure can be compared to running a 100-yard dash, and it leaves the patient exhausted and disoriented.”
As a means of preventing seizures, various medications are often prescribed. One of those medications is Topamax. Topamax is a common drug used to prevent seizures, but it is also dangerous to use for women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts as well as birth defects in women whose babies are exposed to the drug in-utero. Some of those birth defects linked to Topamax use during pregnancy include cleft lips, cleft palates, genital defects and other birth malformations.
If your baby was born with birth defects after in-utero exposure to Topamax, contact attorney Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to help you recover money for your child’s injuries.