Epilepsy is a treatable brain disorder in which the normal activity of brain’s neurons is disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behaviour or at times, convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.
This unique sort of epilepsy embeds inside a normal phool-waala (flower seller) of Thane, Mumbai. The 25-year old suffers from ‘eating epilepsy’, in which eating is a precipitating factor for the epileptic fits. He would get 5-7 seizures a day, 70% of them were triggered by eating.
We all feel like relaxing and taking a short nap after lunch, where we could just stretch our body and cuddle to the comforts of our bed. But for Hariom Gupta, sleeping became his nightmare. Everytime he would take a bite of an apple, a sandwich or any other eatable, he would fall, like Sleeping Beauty.
But his sleep – which was not more than few seconds or couple of minutes long – were brain seizures who’s intensity was worsening and frequency increasing.