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Losing my licence meant I lost my independence

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 04 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1405

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Re: Losing my licence meant I lost my independence

Dear Dr Beerstecher,

Thank you for your feedback on the article. In response to my licence being revoked on medical grounds following my eclamptic seizure, I undertook the first systematic review and meta analysis of seizure recurrence following a diagnosis of eclampsia. This, thankfully, showed an extremely low seizure recurrence rate.

I presented this research to the DVLA. As a result, I am pleased to say they now consider eclamptic seizures as an exception to the provoked seizures category in their latest guidance update.

The article was written by me as a patient, not as a medical professional, and the DVLA guidance had not been changed at the time of acceptance for publication.

Fortunately, as a result, no other eclamptic woman will have to experience what I did.

Yours sincerely,


Competing interests: No competing interests

06 June 2020
Zoe E Barber
ST8, General Surgery
South Wales