When Josie Duggar — the youngest of Jim Bob and Michelle’s brood — started having a seizure out of nowhere, oldest sister Jana sprung into action to assist the five-year-old as the family waited for paramedics to arrive.
It’s the kind of medical nightmare every parent would probably like to forget, but the Duggars are being forced to relive the traumatic experience on tonight's episode of 19 Kids and Counting.
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Mom and dad were out of town, and Jana, 25, and grandma were in charge when disaster struck at their Arkansas home. Jana says James, 13, first noticed something wasn’t right.
“He asked her a question and she didn’t really respond,” the eldest Duggar daughter explains in a sneak peek for the episode, obtained by ‘People.’ “She was just sitting there, staring, and then started jerking.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first seizure Josie has suffered in her five years on Earth.
On Dec. 10, 2009, “miracle baby” Josie was born extremely premature, weighing less than two pounds. She spent her first few months in the NICU. Shortly after her first birthday, her fever spiked, which caused her first seizure. She has since had four or five seizures total.
As mom Michelle explains in the clip, “One of the little glitches for Josie is that if she runs a fever, she does have the tendency to have febrile seizures.”
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The promo doesn’t reveal when the health scare occurred or provide any insight on how Josie has been since, but just last September, the Duggar family matriarch blogged that her little girl was doing “miraculously well.”
The mom-of-19 wrote, “You look at her and you’d never know there was anything different at the beginning of her life. She is excelling. She sings all the time; she has a song in her heart and if she doesn’t know the words, she just makes them up. It is so sweet to see this little one with so much joy and energy and love for life.”
Check out how the medical crisis goes down on '19 Kids and Counting' tonight, April 28, at 9 p.m. on TLC!