First Time Brain Damage is Reversed

Jul 22, 2017, 00:45
First Time Brain Damage is Reversed

Two year old Eden Carlson was underwater for 15 minutes and suffered severe brain damage.

"I could not just sit back and wait and see", Carlson said. She was immobile and constantly squirmed and shook her head.

After the little girl was resuscitated, brains scans revealed significant brain damage involving deep gray matter injury and cerebral atrophy with gray and white matter loss.

Using groundbreaking oxygen therapy, Dr. Paul Harch, clinical professor at Louisiana State University, was able to nearly completely reverse total brain damage within 162 days. At the time of her discharge from the hospital, the girl was then unresponsive to all stimuli because of the lack of oxygen to the brain. This appeared to make her more alert and awake, and she stopped squirming.

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She was rushed to a hospital, where doctors were able to revive her.

Eden's family says she continues to improve every day and are so grateful she has been restored.

After ten, her mother reported she was "near normal" and after 39 sessions, she had a speech level greater than pre-drowning, near normal motor function, normal cognition and improvement on almost all neurological exams. Eden has regained her speech, and her motor function is nearly back to its pre-drowning level. Doctors told her family she would not survive the night, but she did and is thriving after treatments in a hyperbaric chamber.

The tide only started to turn at the two-month mark, when under the guidance of Harch, Eden started undergoing HBOT, the therapy that he describes as the "most misunderstood therapy in the history of science".

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The synergy of increased oxygen and increased oxygen with pressure in the hormone-rich environment in a child's growing brain is consistent with the synergy of growth hormones and hyperbaric oxygen caused by normobaric and hyperbaric oxygen-induced activation of genes that reduce inflammation and promote cell survival.

Studies on hyperbaric oxygen for treating brain injury have had mixed results, with some studies suggesting a benefit in the case of stroke patients, while other studies, like Cifu's research, finding no effect.

Fifty-five days after Eden's near drowning, Paul Harch of Hyperbaric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine started hyperbaric oxygen therapy. "In the absence of HBOT therapy, short duration, repetitive normobaric oxygen therapy may be an option until HBOT is available".

Harch was called in as a consultant, and through a combined treatment of normobaric oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapies, the young patient is now showing signs of tissue regrowth.

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Despite these miraculous-sounding results, the treatment still needs further evidence to confirm its efficacy in "similar patients who are neurologically devastated by drowning".

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