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New treatment helps student with seizures live normal life

New treatment helps student with seizures live normal life

Posted: Sun Feb 18 22:01:21 PST 2018
Updated: Sun Feb 18 22:01:21 PST 2018

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treatment against seizures is helping one ole miss student live a normal life. it's called vagus (vegas) nerve stimulation. and she's the first in mississippi to successfully use the newest generation. w-t-v-a's daniella oropeza joins us and explains what this could mean for those with epilespy in a special report. std ." oropeza / tupelo, lee county) uses vns therapy) louis rosa iii/ north mississippi medical center) at 7-years-old, maggie bushway was diagnosed with brain cancer and epilepsy. since her 9th birthday she has been cancer free but her seizures became much worse..having hundreds a day. then, she was in and out of the hospital until she was 12. and that's when her life changed here in tupelo. "they were thinking about doing a surgery where they turn off half of my brain and they decided to do the vns instead. it was a last minute decision." a last minute decision that would give bushway the chance to live a more independent life. "i went to the neurologist a couple weeks ago and with this new technology, he's able to see how many seizures i've had and in the middle of the night like when i'm sleeping. it stopped at least 10 seizures in the few weeks that i had it." it's a device that connects to the vagus nerve a nerve that connects the brain to the body. "the device will give a little, like giving a little extra stimulus to hopefully abort this from developing into a full time seizure." dr. louis roza surgically implanted bushway's v-n-s device. roza knows first hand how successful this treatment can be.his son uses a different generation of v-n-s. and recently, bushway opened doors for those in mississippi and even around the world. "she's the first one to have that new device which has been approved by the fda in the end of 2017." since using this device.bushway rediscovered her passion for storytelling and filmmaking. "alot of my characters have disabilities or emotional problems that they're dealing with and i like people to relate to my characters and see that there's hope." the v-n-s device allows bushway to live on her own as a student at ole miss. at times she can tell when it's working. "my v-n-s is on right now so i'll wait until it goes off so i can speak up." and it's those 30 seconds of released stimulus that save her life. "i was pretty close to dying like we would do anything at that point. the vns was like kind of like a miracle for us." vegas nerve stimulation treats the kind of seizures that do not respond to medicines. in tupelo. daniella oroepza. w-t-v-a nine news . you can read more about maggie's story right now on
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