Leggett told the researchers that she “became one” with her device. It helped her control the unpredictable, severe seizures she regularly experienced and allowed her to take charge of her life. So she was devastated when, two years later, she was told she needed to have the implant removed because the company that made it went bankrupt.
Removing this implant and others like it could be a violation of human rights, ethicists said in a paper published earlier this month. And this issue will become even more pressing in the coming years as the market for brain implants grows and more people receive devices like Leggett’s. Read the story in its entirety.
— Jessica Hamzelow
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