BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A new type of device aimed at eliminating seizures was approved by the FDA just a few years ago.
In January, UAB hospital was the first in the southeast region to conduct the surgery, implanting the device in patient Beth Hogeland.
"I was able to join the gym," said Hogeland.
In January she made the decision to get the medical implant, Neuropace, that would offset seizures caused by her epilepsy.
"I don't have to sleep all day long. I am up and I am going. I am able to go to the gym and exercise. And I am able to teach children again which is a blessing," Hogeland said.
Before her surgery, Hogeland would suffer close to a dozen severe seizures in about a month's time.
"I would shake and then just want to sit down and not want to do anything," Hogeland said.