Allison Adams says she had to leave her job as a school teacher after she had a severe seizure in front of her students.
When we first met Adams nine months ago, she was testing an epilepsy device called the Neuropace System which was implanted directly on her skull. It detects seizure patterns in the brain and then sends out tiny electrical impulses to stop a seizure before it starts. Now the FDA has approved the device for patients who don't respond to medication.
Neurologist Christi Heck is with the USC Epilepsy Program at Keck Medical Center. She says while it's not a complete cure, the device can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in patients. "And so that has made a big difference in terms of their safety and their ability to go and get out of their homes and participate in life," she said.
Adams uses a special laptop and wand to collect data from the device. Her doctor can then use that information to tweak the device -- remotely if necessary.
"Now there's a hope," Adams said. "There's technology that will give you a future."
Adams used to feel a seizure coming on ten times a day. now she experiences a serious seizure about once a month. She says the device has given her confidence and she hopes to return to the classroom.