Leggett told the researchers that he “became one” with his device. It helped her control the unpredictable, violent seizures she usually had and allowed her to take control of her 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 went bust.
Removing this implant and others like it could be a violation of human rights, ethicists said 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 get devices like Leggett’s. Read the whole story.
— Jessica Hamzelu
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