Not all seizures are created equal nor does laughter. Every laugh the child makes is actually a symptom of a neurological disease.
Every laugh or burst of energy of this child is actually a manifestation of a gelastic seizure
Gale and Craig Eland thought their son Elliot is just a happy child who loves to laugh, even if his brother is angry. Little did they know that this laughter hides a serious disease.
Elliot only had a feeding problem as a child. The doctor felt that Elliot was a little scrawny so they had him undergo series of test including genetics test.
The test results revealed that Elliot has Angelman syndrome
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(Photo by Dan James / Caters News) Elliot with his brother Alex[/caption]
exhibits puppet-like behavior and abnormal gait. Speech development will dwindle. Hyperactivity is also manifested.
Their exuberant, happy and excitable behavior may also help parents cope with their child's disease.
"When we feel down, Elliot’s laughter keeps us all going. You just have to look at him and his happiness takes over." - Gale Eland, Elliot's mother