Mum's desperate attempt to 'wake' son, 25, after finding him dead in bed
Jason Ivins, 25, from Wales, was found dead in his bed by his mum. He suffered from epilepsy from the age of 10, although he refused to let the condition stop him enjoying his life
A kind-hearted 25-year-old man died suddenly after suffering an epileptic seizure at his home.
Jason Ivins' mum was unable to save her son after she found him dead in bed and desperately tried performing CPR on him, Wales Online reports.
Tributes have poured in for the young man, who was independent, strong-willed and had a 'massive heart'.
He had suffered with epilepsy since he was 10 years old and had seizures of varying severity almost every day since.
Despite this, his family said his condition never held him back from doing the things he loved, such as singing in a band, practising martial arts and playing LudoSport, a combat game involving light sabers.
His mum, Ella Diamond, said: "He was very independent, strong-willed and never gave up even in his lowest of times.
"He had a massive heart and would help anybody. The only time he didn't is when he was really unwell with his seizures.
"He was so intelligent and knowledgeable on so many different subjects. He could hold his own in a conversation about literally anything.
"Even though his seizures stopped him from going to school at times, he was desperate to go to university next year and become a doctor."
Jason, who also loved shooting sport Airsoft and was a keen team member with Rabid Wolves, was meant to go to his nephew's ninth birthday party on Friday, January 10 but complained of feeling unwell and decided to stay home.
But when Ella went to check on him at his home in Barry following the celebrations, she found him not breathing on his bed.
"He was lying face-down and he could have been mistaken for sleeping," recalled Ella, a support worker.
"But when I turned him over all the colour had gone from him. I called 999 and tried to do CPR but he was too far gone. Even though I knew he was dead, I kept going because as his mum I couldn't not try.
"My biggest fear on a daily basis was finding him dead. Now it's turned into a living nightmare. It will live with me forever."
Ella said Jason's seizures were triggered by everything from lights to stress to exhaustion.
But she said his epilepsy was embraced by his close friends who knew exactly what to do when he was fitting.
"He's suffered with many injuries through his epilepsy, including splitting his eye open, breaking his hand and pulling all sorts of muscles in his shoulders and arms.
"But he was determined to carry on with life as normally as possible."
His big sister Jessica Notley, 28, added: "He would come down to my house, play guitar to my children and sing. He had such a beautiful voice.
"He was even teaching himself to speak Chinese as he just loved their culture.
"I always liked to call him my 'big little brother'. I used to say I was the rock and he was the sponge, as he had this ability to just absorb any information he was given."
She added that Jason was in the "danger age" of epilepsy where death is more likely.
"The brain matures after the age of 26, so the chances of death due to epilepsy after this time is massively decreased," she said.
"My brother almost reached that mark but unfortunately he was 16 days too late.
"I also feel the severity of epilepsy is ignored."
Jason's dad Spencer Ivins added: "I loved my son dearly and knowing I will never see him again is proving almost impossible to come to terms with. I really do love you."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for Jason's funeral, with any left over cash being given to an epilepsy charity.
"The messages of support we have had have been absolutely amazing," added Ella.
"It has showed me how much he was loved."
To donate, please go to www.gofundme.com
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