MANHASSET - Doctors and nurses at a Long Island hospital are being thanked for saving the life of a man who lives thousands of miles away.

Gagik Hovanessian, 30, of Armenia, was born with a congenital heart condition that affects one out of every 10,000 babies. He had heart surgery at Schneider Children's Hospital when he was 7. However, a reaction to the surgery caused by infection and scar tissue led to a severe seizure disorder.

Hovanessian recently returned to North Shore-LIJ for intricate brain surgery and has been seizure-free for the past two months.

Hovanessian and his family will return home Aug. 24.

For more on the brain surgery, click the video to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.