29 Jan '15, 5pm

Life as a Bionic Woman. Brain implant offers help to epileptic woman.

Photos: Matt Loeb Brain upgrade: Chelsey Loeb [top, with her parents] hopes her new brain implant will control her epileptic seizures. First, surgeons placed temporary electrodes in Loeb’s brain so doctors could monitor the electrical patterns associated with her seizures over the course of several days [bottom]. Chelsey Loeb says she’s still getting used to her new cyborg life. In November, neurosurgeons implanted a stimulator in her brain to treat her intractable epilepsy, and doctors turned on the device a few weeks later. She can’t feel the electrodes that routinely send pulses of electricity into her left temporal lobe, but she often thinks about her new internal hardware: “It’s like I have an iPod in my head,” she says with a smile. One night, when she heard a mysterious beep in her darkened bedroom, her first thought was, “Did my head just beep?” It hadn’t. Loeb’s r...

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