Arundel boy completes mountain climb for epilepsy charity

AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy with epilepsy climbs a mountain to raise money to help others with his condition.

Oscar Maitland, from Arundel, is determined to reach the 3,200ft Scottish summit of Ben Lomond after being diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago.

Oscar said: “When I was eight, I had some weird episodes.

“It felt like I had other people’s dreams or memories in my head and I felt really sick.

“Once I had a tonic-clonic seizure that lasted more than 20 minutes.

“A paramedic stopped the seizure and took me to the hospital, and I ended up being diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy.

The Argus: Oscar Maitland, from ArundelOscar Maitland from Arundel

“It turns out all the weird episodes I’ve had were focal seizures.”

Oscar hopes he can raise awareness about the disease.

He added: “A lot of people don’t understand epilepsy at all, or they expect everyone’s seizures to be the same: that they look like a ‘seizure.’

“It’s important to me that people know that seizures look and feel different for everyone.

“Epilepsy can also affect my emotions and concerns about becoming more independent in the future.

“I wish people weren’t scared of epilepsy and knew how to help. Sometimes I’m scared of being alone in case I have a fit.

“But I can still do everything like everyone else. Recently I stayed at the scout camp and we built our own shelters.

The Argus: Dumbarton Camera Club Ben Lomond from The Leven Path by Michelle O'ConnellDumbarton Camera Club Ben Lomond from Leven Path by Michelle O’Connell

“I also went on a school trip and tried my hand at abseiling, rock climbing and archery. This is how I build my independence and self-confidence.

“During lockdown I was researching epilepsy charities for a school project. I decided I liked Epilepsy Action best as their website and information is more appropriate for kids like me. It seems positive to help people live better lives.”

Oscar has already raised £1,000 for Epilepsy Action at a school event.

He said: “It would make me so proud to get to the top of Ben Lomond like I could overcome anything. I would love it if people sponsor me.

“I love raising money for Epilepsy Action because it gives me a positive way to help other people instead of getting upset about having epilepsy.

“I hope that some of this money will help people like me to become epilepsy-free in the future.” Arundel boy completes mountain climb for epilepsy charity

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