SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Epilepsy Foundation of America is warning people with photosensitive epilepsy about a scene in the latest Twilight movie after it allegedly triggered seizures in some movie-goers, including one local man.

A statement on the website reads:

“A scene in the latest Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn: Part One, has reportedly caused seizures in at least two audience members. The scene contains flashing lights, which can sometimes trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.”

“If you have photosensitive seizures, please take this information into consideration when deciding whether to see this movie. Around 3 percent of the nearly 3 million Americans with epilepsy have photosensitive epilepsy.”

Brandon Gephardt says he and his girlfriend were watching “Breaking Dawn: Part One” at a theater last week when he began convulsing during a graphic birthing scene. He said he doesn’t remember anything until he woke up on the theater floor, but his girlfriend said he was, “convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe.”

Paramedics took Gephardt to the emergency room and the theater had to cancel the rest of the movie for that showing.

Several reports on internet movie sites show reports of other people suffering similar symptoms during the same scene, which contains flashes of red, black and white.

While rare, the condition can be triggered by flashing red lights in people who are genetically predisposed.

A single seizure should not cause long-term damage to most patients, said Dr. Michael G. Chez, the medical director of pediatric neurology and epilepsy for Sutter Sacramento. Wearing sunglasses with cheap blue lenses can filter the red light for moviegoers who want to be on the safe side.

Comments (11)
  1. human says:

    If you know you have it, can’t you just close your eyes? I think the real problem is with people who _don’t_ know they are susceptible!

  2. moderatesense says:

    I can just see all the people lining up to sue the producers of this movie. Heck, everything in this world is now dangerous. I’m getting carpal tunnel just typing this. I wonder if I can sue the maker of this keyboard?

    1. Karen Rowland says:

      Nothing was said about suing over this movie!! Epilepsy is a horrible thing to live with, you never know when a seizure is going to happen. They are just warning people with Epilepsy to be aware of this for their own safety. There are hundreds of deaths withing the Epilepsy community, my 15 yr old niece passed away a year ago & she had Epilepsy :-((

  3. Leslie Hammer says:

    To the first commentator, no, we can’t just close our eyes, the brain picks up the light even through closed eyelids.
    To the second commentator, it’s not about suing. Mit’s about being informed for the sake of our neurological health and safety. But your insensitivity is noted.
    And to Karen, my deepest condolences.

    1. Heather Brown says:

      Well stated Leslie!!

  4. moderatesense says:

    Have you heard of Darwins Theory? Survival of the fittist? Medicine and therapy can only help so much.

  5. Lisa V says:

    I have epilepsy. One day you’re living your life to the fullest w/a wonderful, high paying job at the top University Hospital Medical Center in our area. You’re raising two beautiful children, you’re active with outdoor sports and you’re spending holidays with all your extended family camping in the beautiful mountains or on the California coast. Then you’re spending Christmas Eve with all of your family, and BAMM!!! you’re hit with a Gran Mal seizure. You wake up in the hospital and you don’t know your own name because your memory has been wiped away-your life has changed FOREVER. I was never able to return to life as I knew it again. I am still totally disabled due to the all the neurological issues associated with Epilepsy.

    Be careful with your comments. You may be healthy today, but tomorrow is another day. (Some of you just plain IDIOTS and need to be educated).

    I send my blessings to any of us whose lives have been affected.

    I can have a Seizure if someone’s music is too loud for too long, if someone’s purfume/cologne is too strong, if there are blinking lights in a store or on TV…even if a dog barks all day long. Let us be kind, because like I said you never know what tomorrow brings.

  6. Heather says:

    @moderatesense : You are an ignorant fool who knows not of what they speak.

    I have lived with Epilpesy for the last 40 years and I can tell from your comments that your a mean, hateful person who feels the need to put others down. Perhaps you should have the pleasure of living with Epilepsy for 1 year, suffer through the discrimination, bullying, and ignorant comments by people such as yourself and then perhaps at the end of that year you would learn to speak only of what you know and learn to do so respectfully.

  7. layla says:

    the comments that some of you make. you just live in you own box get out of your box and get real. learn about Epilepsy then you will find how hateful, ignorant you are . people who are ignorant should be made to wear a t -shirt that says i am ignorant and i have fail to understand.

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