Wake Forest University Medical School student invents device that aims to help people who have seizures

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A student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine completes her freshman year, develops a new medical device, and runs a business. It’s not easy, said Ashlyn Sanders, but it’s worth it. “I really believe in this product and how it will improve lives,” Sanders said. After her own medical diagnosis, Sanders said, she developed a new device to use for use by someone prone to seizures. She said the idea is to have a product that people can keep with them and have on hand when needed. “Currently all of the safety guidelines on seizures say don’t put anything in a person’s mouth when they’re having a seizure, so we knew because that directive was in place, that people were obviously doing it and doing it dangerously and unsuccessfully,” she said. . “I decided to create a medical device that you can place in your mouth that would prevent mouth injuries during seizures.” While in medical school now, Sanders said she received life-changing news as a graduate student at Duke: Doctors diagnosed her with Chiari Malformation requiring surgery. of the brain. “Unfortunately, I’ve been living with seizures for about seven years now and that’s what led me to start my medical device startup, Sanders said. “I always like to say, I didn’t choose entrepreneurship, he chose me,” She said she hopes to sell the business in the future and pursue a career as a pediatric neurologist. She hopes to get Food and Drug Administration approval on the product. ‘here fall.” I wanted to be an inspiration to others, especially people who live with chronic health conditions,” she said. Sanders is expected to graduate in 2025.

A student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine completes her freshman year, develops a new medical device, and runs a business. It’s not easy, said Ashlyn Sanders, but it’s worth it.

“I really believe in this product and how it will improve lives,” Sanders said.

After her own medical diagnosis, Sanders said, she developed a new single-use device for use by someone prone to seizures. She said the idea is to have a product that people can keep with them and have on hand when needed.

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“Currently all of the safety guidelines on seizures say don’t put anything in a person’s mouth when they’re having a seizure, so we knew because that directive was in place, that people were obviously doing it and doing it dangerously and unsuccessfully,” she said. . “I decided to create a medical device that you can place in your mouth that would prevent mouth injuries during seizures.”

While in medical school now, Sanders said she received life-changing news as a graduate student at Duke: Doctors diagnosed her with Chiari malformation that required surgery. to the brain.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been living with seizures for about seven years now and that’s what led me to start my medical device startup,” Sanders said. “I always like to say, I didn’t choose entrepreneurship, it chose me”

She said she hopes to sell the business in the future and pursue a career as a pediatric neurologist. She hopes to have Food and Drug Administration approval on the product by the fall.

“I wanted to be an inspiration to others, especially people living with chronic health conditions,” she said.

Sanders is expected to graduate in 2025.

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