Leggett told investigators that she “became one” with his device. It helped her control the unpredictable and violent seizures she regularly suffered and allowed her to take charge of her own life. So she was devastated when, two years later, she was told she had to have the implant removed because the company that made it had gone bankrupt.
Removing this implant, and others like it, could represent a violation of human rights, ethics experts say in a paper published earlier this month. And the problem will only become more pressing as the brain implant market grows in the coming years and more people receive devices like Leggett’s. Read the whole story.
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