Some people might scoff or sigh when they hear a song they don’t like, but Zoe Fennessey? She gets seizures.
Each time the 26-year-old hears Ne-Yo’s voice, she has an epileptic seizure. This wouldn’t be a problem if, say, Smash Mouth triggered her seizures, but Ne-Yo is a popular artist whose music is pretty hard to escape—she had to go through about 15 seizures in 2011 when Ne-Yo and Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” was topping the charts before she realized Ne-Yo’s voice was the cause.
Fennessey got a surgery in June that removed part of her brain’s temporal lobe, where doctors thought the seizures could be coming from, and while it helped a bit, she still has to stay away from Ne-Yo’s music. “People might think it is funny, and I can laugh at it myself,” Fennessey said. “But it has taken over my life. It’s ruined my life.”