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Sanger Family Believes Seizure Caused Boy’s Drowning

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SANGER (CBSDFW.COM) – The Facteau family of Sanger felt lucky to have their family to lean on Thursday.

They spent most of the day planning a funeral for their 8-year-old son, Michael. “If you knew him he touched your life,” says his father Jimmy Facteau.

Michael was swimming at Turner Falls Park in Oklahoma Tuesday when something went terribly wrong.  “We had just got there that morning,” says his mother Jaime as she wipes away tears.

His family believes Michael had a seizure in the water.  A cousin pulled him out in just seconds.

A lifeguard, EMTs, and even his family all tried to resuscitate Michael.  “They done that for two hours until I told them to stop,” says Jaime.

The Facteaus say in the last month and a half they noticed Michael had some minor twitching, but it lasted only minutes.  They thought he was a typical healthy boy.

The family thinks the reflection of the sun in the water could have triggered Michael’s seizure.  “It’s certainly not impossible that getting a reflection off water maybe could cause that it would be certainly rare and unusual,” explains Dr. M. Scott Perry, the director of the Epilepsy monitoring unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Dr. Perry says common triggers for seizures include flashing lights, lack of sleep, illness and stress.  Symptoms of seizures include loss of consciousness, twitching, sudden pause in speech or activity or episodes of staring.

“We are just numb,” says Jimmy “He was such a good kid.  I can’t even tell you how much this hurts.”

Michael’s family is waiting on an autopsy.  The family is trying to also come up with money for funeral expenses.

An account has been set up for Michael Facteau at Sanger Bank.  His visitation is Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mulkey – Mason funeral home in Denton.

Michael’s funeral will be Monday morning at 10 at Faith Tabernacle in Denton.

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