Oxygen Therapy to Repair Brain Damage

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In February 2016, two-year-old Eden Carlson snuck through the fence around the family pool and fell in. By the time her parents found her, she had been in the water for approximately fifteen minutes. Pulled from the pool by her mother, Eden was not expected to survive, and even when paramedics and doctors were able to revive her, she had suffered significant brain damage.

It took nearly two months just to get Eden stable, but the damage was severe enough that she was mostly non-responsive to language and unable to walk. Not willing to give up on their little girl, the parents moved Eden to LSU Health, where an oxygen therapy specialist went to work, seeking to reverse the damage.

The doctor first utilized oxygen therapy at sea level (called normobaric oxygen therapy or NBOT as the pressure is normal). After these treatments at a twice a day rate resulted in the child regaining the ability to move her arms and legs, the doctor moved on to the next form of treatment. Called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), this oxygen therapy is delivered in a hyperbaric chamber, which allows for significantly higher pressure to be utilized therapeutically.

This was the first case of significant brain damage being reversed in a toddler through the use of both forms of oxygen therapy. It isn’t known how successful this may be in future trials, but there is hope it could also reverse the damage suffered due to birth injuries, particularly anoxic injuries where the brain is deprived of oxygen.

If your child has suffered brain damage from oxygen deprivation, be it due to a birth injury caused by physician malpractice during delivery or accidental drowning in a pool, lake, or even a bathtub, there is hope that some of the damage can be reversed. Still, it is important that the person responsible for the injury be held accountable. Please, contact a qualified lawyer to help you pursue your case.