Kay Underwood, 20, of Leicestershire, England, frequently falls over with laughter. Literally. She suffers from the medical condition cataplexy
, which manifests as sudden muscle weakness that can be triggered by intense emotional experiences like anger, surprise, and laughter. She is also narcoleptic. From BBC News:
The University of Lincoln architecture student has in the past collapsed 40 times in a single day.
Laughter-triggered cataplexy (BBC News)
She said many people think that she is joking when her condition does make her fall over.
Ms Underwood was diagnosed as having cataplexy a year ago, but believes she has had it for about four or five years.
She said: "I think a lot of people, if I've told them about it and they've not seen it, would quite like to see me do it (collapse), so they try to make me laugh.
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