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Chloe Marie Wood

Chloe died to SUDEP on 8th August 2022 at the tender age of 25, leaving behind two daughters, one aged 4 years and one aged 7 months, not to mention her absolutely devastated family.

The fact that Chloe’s children now have to grow up not knowing their mother is a tragedy of immeasurable proportions. Chloe was the type of person that would light up a room with her sparkling personality, beautiful looks and amazing sense of humour. She simply was a beautiful person inside and out.

I was Chloe’s husband, and the entire time I knew Chloe she struggled with epilepsy. Chloe had been diagnosed with uncontrolled epilepsy, which means medication didn’t help. Chloe had signs of epilepsy at a young age that went unnoticed, she used to twitch in the morning, but Chloe being Chloe thought everyone twitched in the morning. She also had absence seizures at school, but instead of teachers picking up on this, they used to just tell her off for not paying attention! She had her first tonic-clonic seizure at the age of 18. She had just qualified to become an air hostess, her dream job, but due to her epilepsy, she was not able to go ahead and work on any airline.

Whilst I knew Chloe she also suffered from what we called black-out seizures, which I have since learned are called atonic seizures. We were actually told by a neurology specialist that the black-out seizures were nothing to do with epilepsy, yet these seizures were much more dangerous than grand mal seizures.  Chloe would just drop with no warning, she’d fractured her shoulder while pregnant, broke her nose more times than I can remember and even ended up with a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain!

I have now made it my mission to create more awareness for epilepsy in the UK as there simply isn’t enough information out there to help the average person. I have found out more since Chloe died than when she was alive, which is simply not good enough!

– Martin Wood, October 2022

To make a donation to Chloe’s memorial fund, please use the link below