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Teenager died after epileptic fit in bedroom.

A TEENAGE student who suffered from epilepsy died suddenly after a seizure, a court heard yesterday.

The exact causes of 16-year-old Jodie Chapman's death were not established, though a pathologist report suggested that she died after a seizure which most likely affected her breathing or her heart.

Jodie, who lived in Llwynypia, Rhondda, died on Easter Saturday last year.

An inquest at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard how Jodie was found in her bedroom and died at the hospital later.

Recording a narrative verdict, the coroner Wayne Griffiths read out a pathologist's report which said that Jodie had most likely died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

He said: "Two most likely causes are a surge of electrical activity within the brain leading to either cardiac or respiratory problems.

The cause of death is difficult to ascertain but there were no suspicious circumstances involved. The pathologist report says it's just one of those unexplained deaths that happens sometimes."

Mr Griffiths said there was no way of determining the exact cause of death.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 20, 2011
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