Epilepsy matrimonial meet organsied in city

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

“The meet is attended by people from across the country,” said founder and chief trustee Yashoda Wakankar. Talking about the decreasing number of participants for the meet this year, she said, “The reason is Internet, which is helping people to choose anything under the sky. 

Pune: Social media is turning to be a hot favourite among youngsters wanting to get married, as depicted by the matrimonial meet for epileptic patients in the city on Sunday, which saw a dip in number of attendees from 80 to 49. The meet is organised by NGO Samvedana Foundation every year for last few years.

“The meet is attended by people from across the country,” said founder and chief trustee Yashoda Wakankar. Talking about the decreasing number of participants for the meet this year, she said, “The reason is Internet, which is helping people to choose anything under the sky. 

“As the social media sites have interaction with people around the world, it is easy for people to choose their life partner.”

Wakankar further said, “This was the 5th year of the meet  and so far we had 26 epileptic marriages taking place through this meet.”

The meet was attended by chief guest Renu Gavaskar, Founder and President of Ekalavya Nyasa, trustee Dr Anil Awachat, trustee member Dr Sujit Jagtap, neurologists at Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Center and Dr Mohan Agashe, founder director of The Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health, Sassoon Hospital. 

While discussing epilepsy problems, Dr Jagtap mentioned that one in 1000 get this problem and it is seen more in females than in males. 

Jagtap said, “General epilepsy and focal epilepsy are the two types of epilepsies. After the marriage of the epileptic patients, only in general epilepsy, which is genetically determined epileptic patients, had the risk of transferring the DNA into the child. 

“While in focal epilepsy, which is caused due to head injury, the newborn does not get epileptic problems.”

Epilepsy is not a disabilty
 While talking to parents at the meet, Smita Modi said, “We have registered my son’s name in other matrimonial sites as well. But they show us matches who are disabled or have other types of abnormalities. Here in such meets, we get to know and search for only epileptic ones, who are suitable for our children, which is a good sign.”
 Vishaka Bhange, the participant in the meet, said, “I did not have inborn epilepsy, I had an accident on the head during school years, due to which there was a blood clot in my brain. The doctors are suggesting me to find a normal life partner.”

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