A member of Solihull School’s catering team has won a charity award after helping to improve the life of a young pupil who was suffering up to 30 epileptic seizures every day.
Year 3 pupil Enaya Hoque has had childhood absence epilepsy since she was five years old, suffering seizures which left her incoherent for up to 10 seconds each time.
She was put on medication which had severe side-effects, so her family began researching alternative therapies and came across the ketogenic diet: a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet which has been used to control seizures in some people with epilepsy since the 1920s.
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Sticking to the strict diet and with no medication, Enaya has been seizure-free for more than 170 days.
When Enaya joined Solihull School, assistant catering manager Yvonne Pearce had a meeting with the pupil’s parents and the school nurse about her needs. She created a bespoke menu, based on the school’s existing menu but adapted for Enaya’s ketogenic diet.
Enaya’s mum nominated Yvonne for a Matthew’s Friends Keto-Star award to thank her. Pearce said: “This is what I was trained to do and I like doing it. It’s something I do every day so the award was a real surprise but a truly lovely one.”