Does this video show Hillary Clinton having an “Absence Seizure?”
The following video has been viewed millions of times, with most assuming that the Secret Service agents leapt on state because ‘protesters’ in the crowd posed some kind of threat to Mrs. Clinton. But Clinton and other candidates have faced down numerous protesters and hecklers through the years, and only on rare occasions do security officers or Secret Service agents rush to give cover to the candidate.
I believe there is a very good possibility that Mrs. Clinton has a form of seizure called “absence seizure” or petit mal.
It is a noisy rally and a few seconds into the video it appears that someone is shouting from the crowd. But there does not appear to be a threat from those shouting.
Beginning at second 11, Clinton ‘zones out’ for 2-3 seconds. Her eyes appear to stare blankly into the distance. The handler to her left (our right) leaps onto the stage first, and appears to offer her physical support, and says, “Are you okay?”
The ‘handler’ appears to be the same agent whom many speculate is a nurse or doctor. This ‘medical handler’ seems to accompany Clinton quite a lot, often in close proximity. In the widely-viewed picture collage below, the handler appears to be holding a Diazepam injectible pen in his left hand as Mrs. Clinton walks to his right. Diazepam is often used to treat seizure disorders.
Epilepsy.com provides this description of Absence Seizures:
An absence seizure causes a short period of “blanking out” or staring into space. Like other kinds of seizures, they are caused by abnormal activity in a person’s brain. You may also hear people call absence seizures petit mal (“PUH-tee mahl”) seizures, although that name is not common anymore.
There are two types of absence seizures:
BrainInjury.com describes the link between Traumatic Brain Injury, or concussion, and the onset of seizures:
Persons who have had head trauma are twelve times as likely as the general population to suffer seizures (Willmore, 1992). Patients with acute intra cranial hematomas also have a high rate of epilepsy. While there are contradictory studies, the more recent study (Lee, 1992) showed that of 4,232 persons suffering mild closed head injury, 53% had early post-traumatic epilepsy. Approximately 57% of head injured individuals developed epilepsy within one-year of injury. Longer onset epilepsy beginning more than four years after the trauma occurs in 20% of patients who developed epilepsy. It is estimated that 30% of all individuals suffering head trauma developed post-traumatic seizures and 80% of the time they occur within the first 24-months (Bakay, 1980).
Absence seizures are very easy to miss and often go undiagnosed in otherwise healthy patients due to their fleeting nature.