Restoring Hope: How a Breakthrough Treatment Helped a Teenager Defeat Epilepsy

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Nearly a decade ago, St. Louis Children’s Hospital was one of the first to use an innovative procedure to cure pediatric epilepsy. As we celebrate 30 years as a system, we’re looking back at the groundbreaking innovations that cleared the way for the extraordinary care our patients—and everyone—deserves.

Sophia Griffin, like most teenagers, just wanted to learn to drive. She wanted to hang out with friends, attend school regularly and play flute in the marching band.

Until age 14, all of these seemed impossible. Sophia suffered from epilepsy that for years disrupted her life and put severe limitations on her future. But after receiving a groundbreaking procedure from the pediatric neurology team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Sophia, now 18, is seizure free.