Kathleen Rivas, University of Southern California (image) University of Southern California - Health Sciences Share Print E-Mail 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. Credit Ted Pang/Take One Productions Inc. Usage Restrictions Image may only be used with appropriate caption and credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.