12 on Health: Bronx woman receives lifesaving epilepsy implant

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A Bronx woman has received a new brain implant to help combat her epilepsy.

Emily Borghard underwent surgery and a device was implanted in her brain.

The device, also known as an RNS system, is intended to monitor Borghard's brain activity as it responds to negative effects of epilepsy.

Findings are then wireless transmitted to her doctors.

She says she was fed up with having hundreds of brain spikes and seizures every single day and could not find the right mix of medications to control her condition before decided to get the surgery.

"Before the surgery I was having so many episodes a week that I really wasn't remembering day to day. Now I'm basically seizure free and when there is a seizure instead of keeping me in bed for a couple of days recovering, I'm just going about my life. I could be having a seizure right now, you wouldn't know it because this device is going to zap it away and I just keep going," she says.

Emily says the device now allows her to lead a normal life.

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