Elena's Story

For 12 years, Elena Sarai Martinez suffered from chronic epilepsy. Every month she had six to eight debilitating seizures.

“I had to stop working,” she told us. “It ruined my life and gave me serious depression.”

Alex M. Papanastassiou, MD, met with Elena to discuss her treatment options. She underwent surgery and has been seizure-free for three months now.
When we asked about her experience at UHS, Elena praised the staff for their care and described how the surgery has given her a new outlook on life.

“Dr. Papanastassiou has changed my life completely. I can do simple things like drive and work. It's a big difference…My depression is gone. I feel like I can do anything.”