For those who suffer with the fog and depression of TBI/PTSD, you should know how tremendously important the effective gains from Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment are.. For the family members of those who suffer with this type of head injury, the smiles and happiness from my wife and kids are testimony enough to know how much this treatment has given me back my life. God Bless!!
Paul G Harch M.D. interview on 411 about the success with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Todd Hayen expresses his gratitude to Dr. Harch for the treatment his wife received during her fight with brain tumors.
HBOT TBI Recovery Testimonial of Former NFL Player
November 26, 2012
Though I was not treated personally at Dr. Harch's clinic, I owe him a debt of gratitude for his many years of dedicated work in treating traumatic brain injuries (TBI) with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). I developed hydrocephalus [a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling] and gran mal seizures which lead to an emergency Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) Shunting brain surgery while playing Defensive Tackle DT for the SF 49ers during the 1981 Super Bowl season. Four months after our Super Bowl XVI victory my shunt failed and I survived 2 emergency brain surgeries 10 hours apart and was given last rites. Four years later in 1986, I returned to school to complete my Biology degree. During a 10-month period in 87, I survived 4 additional brain surgeries and several gran mal seizures while enrolled in Chemistry and Physics courses. Due to the surgeries and seizures I developed severe short-term memory deficits and dyslexia, which added additional challenges to completing my degree.
Post Concussion Syndrome Treated Two Years later with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
A Mother-to-Mother Letter
By Eileen Geller RN
Hi, I'm Eileen Geller, a Seattle-RN and mom of Nate, who is now 13 years old. I understand you have some questions about the potential use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for your nephews, one of whom has lost his eyesight. I am most happy to speak to you or to your sister or one of your other family members about Nate's experience. Perhaps it might also be helpful for me to provide a brief written overview of Nate's experience so you can pass this on in advance of a phone call. At 10 years old Nate received a brain injury playing lacrosse. He had some pretty severe after-effects, including physical debility, pain, balance, hearing, and cognitive function loss. The most severe problem involved vision. Nate's entire peripheral vision was knocked out by the injury—he had only an inch in front if each eye with mostly clear sight, the rest of his vision was totally opaque and spinning constantly. They determined the hit had knocked out his brain's ability to determine visual vergence, among other problems. For a year and a half we went to a slew of doctors, neurologists, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other specialists. Eventually we went to a physician my ophthalmologist neighbor and friend called "the god of eye doctors." This fellow actually told Nate to his face that his vision would "never ever improve."