Oxygen therapy heals 22-yr-old’s brain injury
When Anil Patel (22) was rushed to the casualty section at Godrej Memorial Hospital in Vikhroli four months ago, nobody thought he would survive. HT reportsmumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:58 IST
When Anil Patel (22) was rushed to the casualty section at Godrej Memorial Hospital in Vikhroli four months ago, nobody thought he would survive.
Patel had suffered a head injury at a construction site when a rotating grinder broke open the front of his skull and damaged part of his brain.
The wound was treated in an emergency surgery and another surgery was done to remove a blood clot in the brain, but Patel had slipped into a coma.
In brain injury cases, temporary loss of basic brain functions like cognitive abilities, including speech and hearing, is common.
Today Patel has attained 90 per cent normalcy with his brain function. He can walk with ease, hold a teacup and even utter a slow namaste with folded hands. This transformation from being comatose to near normal has been miraculous, according to his doctors.
“Luckily, the deeper part of his brain was undamaged,” said Dr S N Shenoy, consultant neurosurgeon. When Patel was in coma for a month, doctors started Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). The patient breathes 100 per cent oxygen for a specific period of time in a special chamber. The air pressure in this chamber is higher than the prevailing atmospheric pressure.
After two sessions of HBOT, Patel opened his eyes for the first time after the accident. “The brain needs more oxygen and glucose than other parts of the body, so HBOT helped him,” said Shenoy.
Fifteen sessions later, Patel was obeying verbal commands. “His recovery has been remarkable, he has attained 90 per cent normalcy in just four months. After 25 sessions, he has started walking and gradually speaking too,” said Dr Dnyaneshwar Shinde, HBOT in charge, Godrej Memorial Hospital.
HBOT has been used in cases of autism, gangrene and carbon monoxide poisoning.