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Two-year-old Eden Carlson from Arkansas who nearly drowned in her family’s swimming pool is on the mend, thanks to a type of oxygen therapy. This treatment may have application in other profound coma cases. This just one of many experiments with brain stimulation to energize brain synapses to return to communicate with other areas of the body and brain to provide the patients with the ability to regain functionality. However medical leadership will resist this potential reduction of their pool for the organ harvesting industry. - SHE
Toddler’s brain damage reversed by treatment after near drowning
by Ashley May
Two year old Eden Carlson’s road to recovery in photos. (source: USA Today)
(Recent Photos of Eden Carlson’s Recovery Progress)
In February 2016, Eden Carlson broke through her baby gate and headed into the family pool. Her mother, who believed the child was safe playing with older siblings, was in the shower, WDSU News . reports. Eden was found after struggling in cold water for at least 10 minutes, without a heartbeat, the station reports. She was not expected to survive, but she did.
Eden was left with severe brain damage. She couldn’t speak or walk. Her parents were told she would never talk, walk, eat on her own or react to her surroundings. They couldn’t accept that, and looked at other options. 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. Oxygen administered at sea-level pressure filled Eden’s nose for 45 minutes, twice a day. Eden started hyperbaric oxygen therapy about a month later, breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, five days a week. The treatment isn’t new, but it is experimental and not approved by the FDA. In May, the miraculous happened: Eden laughed. She moved her arms, hands and eyes. She could speak. Today, she’s able to climb up stairs on a play set by herself. The new responses happened gradually, but to much surprise. Her brain damage started to reverse — what could be a first in medical history. “The startling regrowth of tissue in this case occurred because we were able to intervene early in a growing child, before long-term tissue degeneration,” Harch said in a statement. Eden’s mom, Kristal Carlson, says the treatments saved her daughter, and could help others suffering from brain injuries. “She’s getting so much better all the time,” Carlson told USA TODAY. “In a couple of years, it’s going to be like she never had an accident.”
Harch and Edward Fogarty, at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, documented her progress in a report published in Medical Gas Research.
To learn more about Eden’s journey, visit Eden’s Miracles on Facebook. (We suggest readers follow this Facebook link if you are interested in seeing Eden’s progress. [editorial note]
Source: USA Today Network (from the files of Life Legal Defense Foundation)
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