An actress who played a part in Doctor Who passed away at the age of 29 after having two seizures due to untreated epilepsy.
SUDEP, or sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, caused Amii Lowndes to pass out in her parent’s backyard. In the UK, the disease is thought to claim 600 lives annually.
Doctors failed to diagnose epilepsy despite the fact that she had two seizures, one of which occurred just 13 days before she passed away.
The family of Amii claims that she was unaware that the attacks may kill her, and they are working to raise awareness of SUDEP. Amii’s mother Bea said: “We didn’t find out about SUDEP until after Amii passed away. She had her first seizure in 2018 though.
She would have wanted the chance to know that seizures, like heart attacks, may be fatal, and so would we.
Amii, who appeared in Skins and Casualty as well, passed away in Bristol in May 2020 while traveling back from her home in London during the initial Covid lockdown.
The actress had classic epilepsy symptoms, but the consultant neurologist was unable to make a diagnosis, according to what the coroner heard. She did not receive the recommended medicine to prevent epilepsy after a second incident.
Nevertheless, the inquest was informed that it was “unlikely” that Amii’s lack of care actually contributed to her passing just weeks later, on June 15. Prof. David Chadwick said that it was impossible to predict the “tragic consequence.”
“There is still a risk of death from SUDEP even with a diagnosis of epilepsy and appropriate therapy.”
Senior coroner Maria Voisin added that she did not think Amii’s death was primarily caused by neglect because it did not appear that her epilepsy was properly diagnosed and treated.
Who Performed Amii as In Doctor Who?
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Amii all made appearances in Doctor Who in 2014. We can presume that Amii played a supporting role in the BBC series as she isn’t mentioned on IMDb as having a specific role.
Additionally, she appeared in Skins, Casualty, and The Crown.
Amii Lowndes announced her plans to create a vlog and blog called “Art with Amii” on Instagram just one month before she passed away (@ajwillalowndes). It’s to encourage creativity and mindfulness, she wrote.