The What If … Documentary Series™ was born out of necessity to highlight the lack of action from the Provincial Government of British Columbia and include the unsuccessful efforts of the BC Epilepsy Society to meet with government of a period of 26 months. Kim Davidson, the CEO & Executive Director of the BC Epilepsy Society and the Founder of the international I AM A VOICE for Epilepsy Awareness™ campaign is the Creator and Producer of the What If … Documentary Series™.
The adult epilepsy crisis in British Columbia is ongoing and patients continue to die while waiting for the treatment and care they need. The epilepsy population in British Columbia is an underserved population, particularly for adults living with epilepsy in the province. Within British Columbia’s adult epilepsy system, there are many inequities associated with the care and support provided to adults, especially when compared with the rest of Canada in terms of funding, treatment options, and wait lists, among many others.
The first episode of the What If … Documentary Series™, entitled FAILURE: The Black Mark on Canadian Health Care, was released on October 6th and discusses how and why the adult epilepsy program in British Columbia is second-class and subpar and is the worst adult epilepsy program in Canada. This documentary episode has over 13,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below:
The second episode of the What If … Documentary Series™, entitled PRISONER OF PURGATORY: The Jared Ricks Story, tells the tragic story of Jared Ricks, a young musician from Victoria, BC who passed away on December 29th, 2018 at the age of 23 from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). This documentary episode has over 31,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below:
The third episode of the What If … Documentary Series™, entitled UNASHAMED AND UNAFRAID: The Allison Hegedus Story, tells the inspiring story of Allison Hegedus, the President of Vida Spas. Viewers can learn about Allison’s successful career journey, working with Bruce Croxon, formerly of Dragons’ Den, at Vida Spas. Viewers can also learn about Allison’s journey with epilepsy, from her diagnosis at the age of 18, to her having to go out-of-province from British Columbia to Ontario for both diagnostic testing and epilepsy brain surgery due to the shortcomings of the adult epilepsy program in British Columbia. This documentary episode has over 12,000 views on YouTube and can be viewed below: