VIDEO: Don purple for Dom to boost epilepsy awareness

DAILY seizures, sometimes up to four-a-day, are a normal part of life for five-year-old Wallumbilla boy Dominic Ward.

His mum Jodie Ward said she first knew there was something wrong when he was 10-months-old and his little body regularly turned limp.

Dominic was diagnosed with epilepsy and, at 17 months, he had his first seizure.

In August 2013 his parents were devastated by news their precious boy had a brain tumour the size of a mandarin.

Surgery was only able to remove part of the mass.

"His seizures change all the time," Jodie said.

"They can be 10-seconds where it seems like he's choking or three minutes where his lips go blue, eyes roll back and his body is jerking."

Dominic is the youngest of six children and his family hopes the community will get behind Purple Day on Thursday, a world-wide epilepsy awareness day.

Jodie said, aside from seeing her son struggle, the hardest part of living with epilepsy was the often cruel way people reacted to Dominic in public.

"It's hard, he had a seizure at the show one year and a group of young girls laughed, that made me angry," she said.

"People tend to stare at him and whisper, it's very annoying and it gets me very frustrated."

The loving mum said Dominic would never be able to play sport or get his drivers license but, despite it all, he was a happy child.

"He likes to ride his tractor, he likes iPhones and iPads, he's very smart for a five-year-old," Jodie said.

Purple Day

  • On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to spread the word about epilepsy by wearing purple
  • Founded in 2008 by a then nine-year-old with epilepsy in Canada
  • Purple Day is named after lavender, the internationally recognised colour for epilepsy
  • You can buy purple day merchandise from the Western Star front office

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