Bobbi Marrow (left with sister Holly) found out she had a condition that gives her seizures every day (Image: Bobbi Marrow)
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A teenager who suddenly fell ill during a school exam now has seizures and blackouts every day that leave her unable to remember what happened just hours earlier.
Bobbi Marrow, 19, from St Helens, Liverpool, was taking a PE exam at St Hilda's CE High School in March last year when she began feeling faint.
She was later diagnosed with a neurological condition that can leave her legs temporarily paralysed and has to rely on friends, family to keep her safe, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Ms Marrow said: "I was just in school – that was when I had my first seizure.
"I was taking a PE exam. At the start of it I felt funny so I said to my teacher 'I feel a bit funny' and they told me to get on the floor and then I just started having a seizure.
"No one knew what was going on. I got sent home and then a few days after that my mum took a video of it and sent it to the doctors and they said she needs to go into hospital."
Ms Marrow's condition means she has blackouts and cannot remember what happened that day
(Image: Bobbi Marrow)
Ms Marrow spent the week at Whiston Hospital where tests gave her the all clear.
She was then referred to specialists at the Walton Centre.
In July she was diagnosed with Functional neurological disorder (FND), which affects the nervous system and how brain and body exchange signals.
There are a range of symptoms. For Ms Marrow it means daily seizures and blackouts, amnesia, temporarily paralysis of the legs, loss of speech loss and tremors in her arms and legs.
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Ms Marrow said: "I have seizures every day. Before the seizure I'll forget between 30 minutes and about six hours and I won't get that memory back.
"It's a complete blank space in my mind of that day and people have to tell me what happened.
"Sometimes when I go into seizure I wake up and I'll have paralysis in one or both of my legs so obviously I can't walk and someone has got to carry me places."
Despite her condition Ms Marrow is determined to stay positive.
Ms Marrow is raising money for a service dog to keep her safe when she is on her own
(Image: Bobbi Marrow)
She is currently on a two-year waiting list for treatment on the NHS which could involve Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or other kinds of therapy.
To save time she is seeking private treatment.
Ms Marrow is also trying to raise money for a service dog to give her some independence.
"For the last 18 months I haven't been on my own full stop”, she said. “I've had my mum, sister or boyfriend with me 24/7.”
"Obviously having a service dog and having seizures, the dog can sense when you're going to have a seizure so it can tell you how ever many seconds before and you can get yourself into a safe space.”
"Beforehand, I was really independent but now I've got to depend on everyone else to do things”, she added.
"I am getting used to it and it's nice because the main people who are always with me are my boyfriend and my sister and they're my best friends so it's not boring.
"The main thing I want is to raise awareness of FND because a lot of people don't know what it is.”
A petition has been set up to improve research, services and treatment available on the NHS for those with FND.