Some days back, I read about a 15 year old British school girl, Stacey Comerford, who woke up from a 2- month sleep only to find she had missed nine GCSE exams.
“When she’s in an episode, she might get up to go to the toilet or get a drink but she’s not awake. I call it sleep mode,” her mother Bernie Richards explained to a British newspaper, adding that Stacey has lost nearly 28lbs because of the condition. “I’ve missed nine exams and my birthday in November,” Stacey said.
Stacey started experiencing symptoms about a year ago, but the condition is so rare that she was only diagnosed in March, according to The Mirror.
There is no known cure for Kleine-Levin Syndrome, but some experts believe individuals grow out of it.
Affected individuals are completely normal between these episodes but may sleep up to 20 hours a day for extended periods of time. It’s estimated that just 1,000 people worldwide have the condition.
The cause of Kleine-Levin syndrome is not known. Thus, family support and education are the best management currently available.
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