ABC News is reporting the story of Sarah and Nicholas Prokos of Port Charlotte, Florida, who survived a crash of their car after Sarah suffered a seizure and lost control of her car which was heading toward a roadside pond.
Eight year-old Nicholas, who was strapped into his backseat booster seat, scrambled to the front seat and steered the car into the guard rail, after which it hit two other motorists on the busy four lane highway, one of whose vehicle was flipped upside down.
In the interview with ABC, Sarah Prokos explains that she had a seizure the week before the accident and took care to explain to her son what a seizure was. In the interview, Prokos beams at her son as she tells the story. Nico is rightfully being lauded as a hero. His mother Sarah’s behavior, however, borders on unconscionable.
What is noteworthy about this story is not the eight-year old saving his mother but why Prokos got behind the wheel in the first place and why she also seems to have no sense of remorse or regret about placing other motorists in jeopardy.
Driving one week after a seizure is nothing short of reprehensible behavior. Patients who have a recent history of seizures should not be driving under any circumstances.
All trauma surgeons have seen devastating motor vehicle accidents resulting in fatalities resulting from patients with seziure disorders who think it is safe to drive.
Many states require physicians to advise patients with new onset seizures to not drive and some require notification of state authorities. Generally, patients are prohibited from driving until they are cleared by their physicians, are stable on anti-seizure medications, and have been seizure-free for six months.
But, apparently, she did not feel that the rules and laws about patients with recent seizures applied to her. By getting in the car and driving, she put herself, her son, and every motorist on the road (and the two she crashed into) into harm’s way of serious injury or death. This is a stunning absence of caring.
If I was in the truck that was struck and flipped over by the Prokos car, I would be contacting my lawyer right quick.