Dr Peter Larkins has criticised the decision to let Lance Franklin play the day after suffering an epileptic seizure last week.

“I find that extraordinary that he played,” Larkins told The Daily Telegraph.

“It’s not impossible, because he did but I found it extraordinary.

“It would be very unsettling for any epileptic to have a seizure at school or at home or the workplace and then get straight up and go back into a normal situation in a 24-hour period.

“Normally after an epileptic seizure people are very tired and fatigued and may have a headache, they can be foggy.

“You don’t have to have a lot of outcome from it (the seizure) the next day but one that ends up in a hospital and an ambulance you would expect to have an outcome.

“You would have thought he would have some follow up symptoms even if it was just feeling foggy, fatigued and out of energy.”

The Swans released a statement confirming the medical team had gone through the right process and done the necessary tests before allowing Frankling to play against the Gold Coast.


  1. Dr Larkins has got it absolutely correct,it’s just a pity that the South Melbourne masquerading as the Sydney Swans chairman doesn’t agree(Obviously he doesn’t know anyone who suffers from epilepsy)….My wife suffers from epilepsy and i know,as well as those whose spouses/family members who may have it-After a seizure,you are not your normal self for a few days as headaches and tiredness usually occur(Depending if it is a petty mal or grand mal one).

    Just ask Richard Osbourne,he had a seizure on the field when he played for Sydney back in the 1990’s

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