NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gagik Hovanessian, just 7 years old at the time, returned to Armenia in 1990 with his heart newly repaired, but he contracted a severe epileptic disorder as a result of the surgery. He regularly experienced intense seizures several times a day.
In May, Hovanessian returned to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset — where he underwent his heart surgery 23 years before — to have two more operations performed on him. Now, for the first time since he was a child, Hovanessian is seizure-free.
“Gagik is free of neurological deficit, and he has not had any seizures in two months,” Dr. Ashesh Mehta, director or epilepsy surgery at North Shore, told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera, on Thursday. “Great success story. I’m very proud of how he has done.”