Curt Allen, Jr. was a 17 year old man who was involved in a high speed motor vehicle accident in June, 2004, in which he sustained severe traumatic brain injury. Curt was in a coma at the scene of the accident. He was admitted to an acute care hospital, underwent brain surgery to relieve pressure and placed in the ICU in critical condition. After one month he was transferred to a highly regarded post-acute brain injury rehabilitation center in Southeast Louisiana where he remained for 3 months. During these three months he made such minimal progress that he was discharged as a failure of standard intensive traumatic brain injury therapy. The day before discharge from this center his mother attended a local church where she asked the priest to request that the congregation pray for her son’s recovery. After the priest fulfilled this request during Mass Mrs. Allen was approached by a physician patient of mine to whom I had delivered low-pressure HBOT years before for his stroke and subsequent traumatic brain injury. My patient referred Mrs. Allen to me and the following week Curt was evaluated at my clinic.
The video you will view records the astounding recovery that Curt made as he underwent a course of HBOT. The segments of the video were edited from the running VHS tape I recorded of Curt’s progress beginning 4 months after his severe traumatic brain injury through 89 HBOT’s. Since the voices on the tape are hard to discern in places and Curt is speaking in hushed tones the following narrative accompanies each segment on the tape...
Subject: RE: TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CARE FOR OUR WOUNDED-DEC 08 Orrison
Sirs and Ma'ams-
Many of you had the good fortune of seeing Dr. Orrison's neuro-radiology
presentation on December 5th at the "HBOT in TBI" Consensus Conference.
Others have seen Dr. Harch's SPECT brain images of patients he has treated
over the past 18 years. The quote below will be of interest.
At Dr. Orrison's presentation, he showed 3 patients' whole brain CT scans,
from his practice, who had been treated with HBOT 1.5 by three different
physicians. All patients had major recovery of brain function.
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Exposure to the toxic gas is less obvious when a gas heater or stove is not working properly, or when a fuel-burning appliance is not burning clean. In those cases, enough carbon monoxide can leak to cause chronic poisoning, but not severe, acute poisoning.
Baton Rouge, LA, Newspaper
February 6, 2009
Dr. Paul Harch, an LSU Health Sciences Center emergency medicine professor, is starting a pilot study on treating people with chronic traumatic brain and posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a statement from LSU Health Sciences Center.
The study will examine 30 participants, half with traumatic brain injury and half with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, the statement says.
Dr. Paul G. Harch, New Orleans was invited and presented evidence for a restorative effect of low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment on chronic brain injury before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. The testimony consisted of functional brain imaging (SPECT) documentation of improvements in brain blood flow in 15 patients with a variety of chronic brain injuries.