A parenting influencer has shared a devastating video as she tearfully mourned the death of her 15-year-old daughter.
TikToker Laura Lee Watts, 33, took to the video-sharing platform to reveal that daughter Savannah, who had a severe form of epilepsy, had passed away following a fatal seizure.
The mother-of-three, who became a social media star by sharing an array of insights into family life, had often referred to Savannah as her ‘lil twin.’
Laura Lee, from Oxnard, California, told her 3.7 million followers that her daughter was ‘the most beautiful child’ she had ever known.
TikToker Laura Lee Watts, 33, took to the video-sharing platform to reveal that daughter Savannah, who had a severe form of epilepsy, had passed away following a fatal seizure
The mother-of-three, who became a social media star by sharing an array of insights into family life, shared the devastating video earlier this week
Laura Lee, from Oxnard, California, told her 3.7 million followers that her daughter was ‘the most beautiful child’ she had ever known
In the very candid clip, which has so far been viewed more than 20 million times, Laura Lee spoke to camera and said: ‘I cannot believe that I am making this video and I am going to do my best to get through it.
‘Most of you know that I have three children and my oldest is Savannah. She’s 15 and she’s epileptic.
‘I know you guys would see her in my videos and hear me do story times with her…
‘I know you guys really loved her so I wanted to let you know that yesterday morning she had a fatal seizure and passed away.’
The grief-stricken TikToker sobbed and took a moment to catch her breath before adding: ‘She was the most beautiful child I’ve ever known with the most beautiful soul, the kindest heart.
‘I don’t know how I’m going to live without her. My baby.’
The heart-wrenching post was quickly flooded with comments from followers offering their condolences.
Fellow TikTok personality Dylan Mulvaney said: ‘I am so sorry for your loss Laura Lee. I am sending you a blanket of love.’
Social media star Tori Phantom commented: ‘Sending all of my love to you and your family. I am so incredibly sorry.’
Laura Lee’s 15-year-old daughter Savannah had Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome – a severe form of epilepsy
In a previous video, posted in August 2021, Laura Lee said that Savannah first showed symptoms of epilepsy when she was just three or four years old
And YouTuber Laura Clery simply wrote: ‘I am so deeply sorry Laura.’
Savannah had been diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome – a severe form of epilepsy which can prove difficult to treat – from a young age.
In a previous video, posted in August 2021, Laura Lee had given an insight into her daughter’s condition.
She said: ‘I’ve known Savannah was epileptic since she was like three or four years old.
‘But back then she would have what are referred to as ‘absence seizures’ and with those she would kind of space out for 10 or 15 seconds – kind of like she was asleep.
‘She used to have those hundreds of times a day.
Savannah had been diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome – a severe form of epilepsy which can prove difficult to treat
Parenting influencer Laura Lee had often referred to 15-year-old daughter Savannah as her ‘lil twin’
‘When she first started having them actually, I just thought she wasn’t listening to me… and then as she got older her epilepsy progressed. She started having grand mal seizures.
‘Grand mal seizures are the ones most people think of I think like really tense and rigid, drop and start convulsing.
‘Savannah’s neurologist and I always hoped that she would just outgrow it as she went though puberty but she did not.
‘It actually just got a lot worse.
‘There’s different types of seizures and it’s really hard to control. So you never know when she’s gonna have a seizure.
‘I’m constantly listening out for a weird noise or a drop. They’re traumatizing.’
What is Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome?
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy. Seizures begin in early childhood, usually before the age of four years old.
Children, adolescents, and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can have multiple types of seizures that vary among individuals.
Common seizure types include:
- Tonic seizures (stiffening of the body, upward eye gaze, dilated pupils, and altered breathing patterns)
- Atypical absences (staring spells)
- Atonic seizures (brief loss of muscle tone, which could cause abrupt falls)
- Myoclonic seizures (sudden muscle jerks)
- Generalized tonic-clonic seizures (muscle stiffness and rhythmic jerking)
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Brain malformations
- Tuberous sclerosis
- Perinatal asphyxia
- Severe head injury
- Central nervous system infection
- Inherited conditions
No cause can be found in 30 to 35 percent of individuals and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be very difficult to treat.
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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