It was a normal morning Aug. 29 for the Conley family of Oak Avenue.
Toddler Gabe Conley sleepily came downstairs and rolled onto the couch about 6:30 a.m. His mother, Erin, was in the kitchen getting him a drink when she heard her mother, Virginia Dockum, call from the living room “Erin, he’s having a seizure.”
This was only a mild shock, as Gabe had been diagnosed with febrile seizures at 11 months old. However, they were usually accompanied by a fever, and Gabe had been fever-free for more than a year.
Increased medication and medical visits did not abate the seizures, as they became more frequent and severe over the coming weeks. About a dozen grand mal seizures in one day in November put Gabe in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for an extended stay and an answer to his new malady.