After nine years of epileptic seizures and no success stopping them, Sheri Finstad was ready to try an experiment.
In October, she came to Rochester, where Mayo Clinic doctors implanted a device in her brain designed to deliver mild electrical pulses and record the brain’s reaction.
It’s a stimulation therapy used typically to treat Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Finstad, a 32-year-old social worker from Fargo, became one of two patients to try it for seizures after federal regulators OK’d an exemption.
Since the surgery, she’s had dizziness and headaches — but just one seizure.