Victorian teenager Charlotte Ivy Studham died due to Epilepsy at age 13

Last Updated on November 25, 2022 by Dr Bucho

The teenager died unexpectedly in her sleep on November 3 at the age of just 13

Charlotte Ivy Studham
Picture: Gofundme

Charlotte Ivy Studham was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 5 but it wasn’t until 4 years ago where things went downhill and she started having a lot of seizures ranging from epileptic tonic-clonic seizures to non-epileptic seizures many times a day which impacted every aspect of her young life and families life. Source: Gofundme


Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness. Anyone can develop epilepsy. Epilepsy affects both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and ages.

Source: Mayoclinic

Her mother reveals about the condition that took the young dancer’s life

Charlotte Ivy Studham

The teenager, who loved music, dolls, dance, drawing, animals, and her dogs, suffered severe seizures before her death and her mother believes hormone changes and medications contributed to her worsening condition. Her mother Brooke told

“We would do anything to have her back,”

“But I take comfort knowing she was at her house when she passed and with people that loved her.”

Now, her mother wants to raise awareness about the illness that took Charlotte’s life Sudden Death of Epilepsy (SUDEP)

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SUDEP deaths are often unwitnessed with many of the deaths occurring overnight during sleep. There may be obvious signs a seizure has happened, though this isn’t always the case. The cause of SUDEP is not yet clear. Researchers are investigating a range of possibilities such as the effect of seizures on breathing, the heart, and arousal.SUDEP occurs in approximately 1 per 1000 people with epilepsy (1 in 4,500 children)

Source: Epilepsy Action Australia

“We are bringing awareness to this heartbreaking side of epilepsy as we have since found a lot of people didn’t know anything about it.” After the Demise of Charlotte Studham, The family started a Gofundme to raise money for Geelong Hospital and Epilepsy Australia. Check: Gofundme

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