• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Sleeping soundly and seizure-free

November 12, 2017

patient who had night seizures, Evan Bachtold and his wife Rachel smiling and sitting together near a stream on a pile of rocks 16x9
After years of dealing with nighttime seizures, an Illinois man found the relief he sought after Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely mapped the source of his seizures.

Evan Bachtold's wife, Rachel, used to be afraid of going to sleep. Lying next to her husband, who had epilepsy, each sound he uttered and every move he made jolted her awake because she feared it might be a seizure.

The first time one of Evan's seizures rocketed Rachel from her bed was 2008, just months after the two had wed.

"She'd never seen me do that before and called 911," Evan says. "When I woke up, there were all these EMTs looking at me. I said, 'What are you doing here?' I'll never forget that night."

Evan and Rachel, who live with their two children in the hamlet of Strawn, Illinois, embarked on a journey to discover what was causing the seizures. It didn't take much time for Evan's physicians in Bloomington, Illinois, to diagnosis him with temporal lobe epilepsy. But seven years passed before Evan landed at Mayo Clinic and finally found the help required to effectively end the seizures.

Under the direction of Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Fredric Meyer, M.D., and epilepsy specialist Jeffrey Britton, M.D., Evan underwent a two-part cranial surgery in April 2016 to pinpoint the brain tissue causing the seizures and to remove it without causing neurological harm. Read the rest of Evan's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.