Reid Panayakul is a 10-year-old boy who has struggled with debilitating seizures his whole life. He was eventually diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Doctors discovered a drug that helped reduce Reid’s seizures called Stiripentol. The drug could be imported from France; however, because it was not approved by the FDA, insurers didn’t want to pay for it. Health Law Advocates, a Massachusetts-based public interest law firm, helped the Panayakul family secure coverage.
This video was produced for Health Law Advocate’s annual fundraiser on November 13, 2013. It served as an introduction to Reid’s mother, Allison, who spoke after the video was shown.