b37d45 (b37d45) wrote in little_details,

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Fatal Illness in Brain Damaged Man

Basically, I have a character (we'll call him J) who was severely beaten up at work as a police man, and suffered brain damage. After his rehabilitation, he moved in with his boss (who sees him as a son anyway) and the said boss looks after him. The brain damage left him with post traumatic epilepsy, a sort of cerebellar tremor in his right hand and leg, Broca's Apahsia, and he gets easily tired, as well as becoming a bit more child like. This all happens when he is 35/36 years old. He lives happily with his boss for a good few years, and apart from the aforementioned problems, he stays pretty healthy.

But now I need to find a way for him to die. Initially, I had him suffering from 'Status Epilepticus' (Continuous seizures). However, the death was too quick, and all places that said that sufferers could die within 30 days, didn't explain hat caused death.  But ideally, I want it to be something where he'd present with acute symptoms (pain being one of them), and then be in hospital for a few days before he dies. I'd also like him to be conscious and alert (as much as the brain damage allows), although I'm planning that he won't fully understand what's going on/that he's dying since he'll keep asking to go home.

Age can be a factor I guess, but I don't really want him to get much older than 45-50. This is all set nowadays in England and he'd have someone with him when the initial symptoms occurred 

Its also preferable that his boss and his friends know that he's going to die, even though he himself might not understand.

I've searched for things like Pancreatitis as well as status epilepticus, renal failure and multiple organ failure.

Thanks in advance :)
Tags: ~medicine: epilepsy/seizures (misc), ~medicine: illnesses (misc), ~medicine: illnesses to order

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