Photo Shows Ohio Boy With Epilepsy Sleeping on Santa’s Lap After Having Seizure

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A seizure wasn't going to prevent one Ohio toddler from meeting Santa.

Two-year-old Ryland Wade, of Akron, has epilepsy and spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. He's on a special diet to help control his seizures, but still has them multiple times a day.

Just before his mother, Samantha Wade, took him to Belden Village Mall in Canton on Sunday, he suffered a seizure.

"It really sapped his energy, but we didn't want that to stop him from meeting Santa," she said in an interview with WJW. "I mean, we’ve got to keep on going. We’ve got to give him a  chance to experience things."

The event at the mall was for children with special needs, providing a quiet and relaxing environment for them to meet with St. Nick.

"When I set Ryland on his lap, he wouldn't open his eyes for anything," Samantha Wade said. "But Santa immediately cuddled with him and very quietly talked to him for awhile. When it came time for a photo, he pretended like he was snoozing along with Ryland, making for one awesome picture and a very memorable moment for us."

“I was so grateful he did that,” she told WJW. “Any Santa could’ve smiled but he was intuitive to Ryland's needs.”

Ryland does not respond to seizure medications, which why his family said they have been sending postcards to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, pushing for the use of medical cannabis oil in Ohio.

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