Amii Lowndes a doctor who actress died aged 29 after she suffered two seizures and collapsed in her parents’ back garden because of undiagnosed epilepsy.
A sudden unexpected death killed her in epilepsy (SUDEP), a condition where around 600 people die each year in the UK.
She was 29 years old.
Amii Lowndes Cause of Death
Doctor Who actress Amii Lowndes died from undiagnosed epilepsy after suffering two seizures, an inquest heard.
The 29-year-old collapsed from SUDEP – sudden unexpected death in epilepsy – in her parents’ garden.
Doctors did not diagnose epilepsy despite Ms. Lowndes suffering two seizures, one just weeks before her death.
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Her devastated family told the Mirror that the young actress had no idea the attacks could kill her.
Lowndes’ mum, Bea, said her daughter first had a seizure in 2018.
Despite this, the family only learned about SUDEP upon her death.
Amii, who featured in Doctor Who alongside Peter Capaldi in 2014 and had parts in Casualty and Skins, collapsed in Bristol after returning from her home in London during the first coronavirus lockdown.
She had her first seizure in 2018 and another in May 2020, but a consultant neurologist did not diagnose epilepsy.
Instead, during a phone consultation, she was told her seizures might be linked to her heart issue.
Because of this, she was not started on anti-epileptic medication.
Amii, a fan of Shakespeare, wanted to pursue a career in theatre and spent seven years as a business development administrator for RADA – where she trained.
She was described as a ‘ray of sunshine by colleagues and a plan is in place to put plaques on theatre seats in her memory.
Amii’s family wants to work with the charity SUDEP Action.
Bea, her mother, told The Mirror: ‘Amii first had a seizure in 2018, but we only learned about SUDEP upon her death.
‘Both she and we would have wanted the opportunity to know that seizures, just like heart attacks, can be fatal.
‘Nothing will bring Amii back but if we can save one other family going through our pain, it will be worth it.’
Giving evidence at the inquest, Prof David Chadwick said it was ‘unlikely’ the lack of treatment led to her death on June 15.