(KARE) St. Paul Children’s Hospital has performed a first of its kind surgery in Minnesota to bring seizure relief to patients who suffer from severe epilepsy.
A new device implanted in the chest of a 13-year-old girl is designed to detect and prevent seizures by sensing a change in heart rate.
The technology, called AspireSR, was approved by the FDA in June. It sends an impulse to stimulate the vagus nerve, acting as a pacemaker to shorten or stop the seizures.
Rachael Malez is the first person in the state to receive the device. Her seizures started when she was just six months old as infantile spasms, and by age 2, she was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome, a rare genetic malformation in the brain.
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