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NOLA doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD

 

Local doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD


wwltv.com
Posted on October 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
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Originally reported by Lucy Bustamante, ABC13 WVEC
WVEC.com
Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury may soon have relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Paul Harch, a leader in hyperbaric medicine, claims hyperbaric oxygen therapy may permanently curtail TBI and PTSD symptoms.

James Ciconne was an E4 in the Army and was diagnosed with PTSD after spending a year in Iraq. The illness caused him to take his own life last year.

His father, Bill Ciconne, remembers the last three text messages he got from his son.

"I love you, thank you for raising me, and goodbye," Bill said his son texted. "I will never accept my son not being here."

Bill Ciconne supports Dr. Harch's research.

There are 22 suicides in the military every day. Dr. Harch said this treatment could help prevent these kind of suicides.

Dr. Harch is chief of hyperbaric oxygen medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center. He said he's seen the positive changes after treatment in veterans with brain trauma. He remembers the words of one.

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Editors Note: This story was originally reported by reporter/anchor Lucy Bustamante of WVEC, our sister station in Virginia Beach. Medical reporter Meg Farris updated the recent developments with Dr. Paul Harch.