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Contact: Leslie Ridgeway
University of Southern California - Health Sciences

Kathleen Rivas, University of Southern California

Caption: Kathleen Rivas, 28, of Lakewood, Calif., is the world's first patient with epilepsy to receive a responsive neurostimulator implant after its approval by the Food and Drug Administration. She talks about her surgery at a Dec. 19, 2013, press conference at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, less than 12 hours after the procedure.

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