Posted at: 09/16/2013 11:04 PM
Updated at: 09/16/2013 11:05 PM
By: Steph Crock
Jerry Kill's Seizure Puts Epilepsy in the Spotlight
(ABC 6 News) -- University of Minnesota Football Coach Jerry Kill returned to work after suffering another seizure on the sideline of Saturday's Gopher game, bringing the question, is he okay to continue coaching?
"I'm not saying it’s not a big deal, but I’m just confident in him. I’m so confident in him attacking the condition that he has, and again I see what he does and I see how the kids react to him, that really overrides what's going on," said University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague. It's not the first time Teague has had to address Coach Kills seizures, 3 of them happened on the sidelines during a game.
"I'm not trying to make it a ‘no big deal thing,’ but when you get down to it, seeing what happens on a day-to-day basis, and you're around him, and you're the leader of your department, if I had any major anxiety about it, I’d let you know," said Teague.
"You can have a wonderful, complete, full life even if you do have seizures," said Vickie Snyder with the Epilepsy Foundation in Minnesota. She couldn't talk specifically about Coach Kill, but did say having the issue in the spotlight raises awareness. "So many people, Julius Caesar, I mean famous, famous people have epilepsy and have just lead amazing wonderful lives," said Snyder.
Some 60,000 Minnesotans have epilepsy. In fact, Austin, Rochester, and several communities in our area are named "Seizure Smart." It means people have taken courses from the Epilepsy Foundation on how to respond if someone is having a seizure. "We go to schools, and businesses, all the firefighters…We have 12 different videos, we show people, and they get all kinds of information about what to do if, heaven forbid, someone were to have a seizure," said Snyder.
The courses provided by the Epilepsy Foundation are free. If you'd like to get involved to see how your community can be a "Seizure Smart" community, you can go to this website, http://www.epilepsyfoundationmn.org/. It can also be found under our links tab.