A young man living in the mountains of Haiti has suffered from seizures since he was ten years-old. People were afraid of him when he had seizures at school, so he had to drop out. He has lived with uncontrolled epilepsy for fourteen years.
Dr. Pierre Sonel of the Children’s Hope Medical Clinic in the port town of Jacmel traveled to the remote village where this man lives. The area is rough and hilly, and villages with reliable electricity are rare. This makes diagnosing and treating epilepsy particularly difficult. Without a proper EEG study, it’s not possible to know with certainty the cause of an individual’s seizures. An EEG study also helps determine the type of epilepsy and allows the physician to refine the patient’s treatment plan.
Dr. Sonel had been trained to use a solar-powered EEG system by the neurologist from International Neurology Services (INS) who originally developed it. Dr. Peter London had developed the equipment and the system for communicating EEG study results with neurologists in the U.S. In an area where electricity is absent or unreliable, EEG equipment nonexistent, and neurologists trained in diagnosing and treating epilepsy several hundred miles away, this is a life-changer for those persons living with the disorder.