Nineteen-year-old Megan Walsh from Newcastle, New South Welsh, Australia lost her life having an epilepsy seizure in her friend’s bathtub.
On top of losing her life in most unfortunate circumstances, she was 14 weeks pregnant.
She was having a bath at a friend’s house, slipped and went into a full-blown seizure.
Megan had been diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of four and had, since then, managed to control the illness successfully with appropriate medicines.
However, the pregnancy was a trigger for absent seizures.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder, the hallmark of which is current, unprovoked seizures. The seizures are episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
After Megan being away for a while, her friend knocked on the bathroom door to check on her. She got no response.
When her friend opened the door they found her lying there, lifeless.
“I open the door and there she is lifeless in my bathtub. Cold, white, unresponsive, not breathing, blue lips, dead weight,” recalls the friend.
“It was traumatizing.”
Their first reaction was to haul her from the water and start performing CPR. By that time, however, Megan had gone into cardiac arrest.
She died in the hospital later that night.
Megan’s twenty-two-year-old sister Jemma said that Megan couldn’t wait to become a mom.
“She was so excited. It was ridiculous. She was only 14 weeks when she passed… but she had ideas for baby names,” said Jemma.
Her friends and family were devastated. Her friends took to social media to honor Megan and the times they had spent together.
“Fly high beautiful girl! I was lucky enough to have known you and been a part of your family. You will be dearly missed!” one friend wrote.
Another friend posted on Facebook: “I miss you so much I still wait by my phone waiting to see your name pop up saying you miss me.”
A GoFundMe page was created to honor Megan and raise money for those affected by epilepsy to be sent to the Epilepsy Action Australia.