-- “Duck Dynasty” star Jep Robertson is grateful to be alive today, telling ABC News in his first interview since a seizure nearly killed him that exactly what happened remains a medical mystery.
Robertson, the baby brother of the Duck Commander flock, collapsed while he was out deer hunting with friends in a remote section of woods in Louisiana on Oct. 19.
“I reached to get my bow and that’s kind of the last I remember,” the 36-year-old told ABC News in an interview at his home in Monroe, Louisiana. “I just crumpled to the ground and they said I had a seizure for like five minutes.”
“I thought I was a goner,” he said.
“It took them about an hour and a half to two hours before the ambulance got there,” said Jep Robertson’s wife, Jessica Robertson.
Doctors sedated Jep Robertson in the intensive care unit. He remained on a ventilator for four days, and even had to be tied down to his bed. Robertson didn’t even remember his mother, who’s known as Miss Kay on the hit show, ABC News has learned.
“The time I remember is Thursday -- waking up Thursday, looking around, asking Jess, ‘What are we doing in the hospital?’” he said. “I had no idea what had happened four days before.”
Seizures aren’t uncommon. About 150,000 adults have their first seizures every year, and one in 10 people will have one in their lifetime, according to the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
Robertson can’t wait to go hunting again. However, he has to wait for “at least a month ... and I’m mad about it, I’m real mad about it,” he said.