Epilepsy

Neurology Now
January/February 2009
Volume 5(1)
p 6
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I have a 27-year-old daughter who has several types of epilepsy, which remain poorly controlled despite our having tried most of the anti-seizure drugs both alone and in combination. I recently viewed a TV program that featured an epilepsy patient who had a German shepherd dog that accompanied the patient publicly. When a seizure was imminent, the dog would press any key on the cell phone that was programmed to direct all such calls to 911.

Where is it possible to procure such a dog, and what kind of training is required?

—John Trefil, M.D. (retired)

Albion, CA

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