Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Asheville NC

It was a show about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for children with cerebral palsy, a motor disorder caused by a brain defect that appears at birth, or shortly thereafter.

Reid Taylor
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Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC
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7 McDowell St
Asheville, NC
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Hospital: Mission St Joseph Health Syste, Asheville, Nc
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Asheville, NC
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Asheville, NC
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509 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC
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William M Huffstutter, MD
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6 Brooklet St
Asheville, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
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Asheville, NC
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Hospital: Mission St Joseph Health Syste, Asheville, Nc; St Josephs Hospital, Asheville, Nc
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Asheville, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
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By James O’brien

Five-year-old Katlyn Bryant had lost a tooth the night before. The tooth fairy duly paid a visit and Katy asked if she could spend the windfall at McDonalds. Of course, said her dad. And off they went to run errands and stop in for a burger. It was just another wonderfully mundane summer afternoon with the little girl her family describes as relentlessly social, loving, and already the family comedian.

Katy had been a joyful surprise to her parents right from the start. “We thought we couldn’t have children,” says Darin Bryant, who lives with his family in Dallas, Texas. Indeed, his wife, Janie, was scheduled for a hysterectomy when they got astonishing news: Janie was pregnant. And so their miracle baby was born, and quickly grew into an open and sweet child. She liked to recite poems, sing songs, and go to McDonalds with her father—until that afternoon in July 1998, when an oncoming van swerved into his lane and hit him and his daughter head-on, shattering Bryant’s legs, his face, and his only child’s brain.

In photographs, the car in which Katy’s skull was fractured many times over looks as though it’s been through a compactor. “They told us she wouldn’t live,” Bryant says, and then repeats the phrase, as if he’d only just heard the news yesterday. “Absolutely wouldn’t live.” But live she did, in a manner of speaking. Severe cerebral swelling choked her brain cells and threw her into a coma that would last six months.

When she finally came home from the hospital, Katlyn was alive, but only barely. Hers would be a life spent essentially unconscious, her doctors told the Bryants. She’d be unable to swallow, control her bladder or bowels, or move her arms or legs except in involuntary spasms and seizures. Her inertia would put her at constant risk for bedsores, and eventually, her arms and legs would shrivel. She’d suffer infections along with circulatory problems that could lead to strokes. And she’d require round-the-clock care just to get from one day to the next.

“She was on a cooling blanket because she couldn’t maintain her temperature,” says her father. “She was having five to ten seizures a day and was on multiple medications. She was going downhill, just totally downhill. There was nothing there. There was just no child there.”

Unfortunately, doctors can do very little for children like Katlyn Bryant. Physical therapy can keep the muscles from atrophying. Drugs can mitigate spasticity, fight infections, and get the blood flowing back to the brain. But real recovery, real progress, is rare.

The family settled in for the long haul. Nursing Katlyn became the all-consuming, and increasingly desperate, focus of their lives. Then a call came from Katlyn’s Aunt Mary. Turn on Channel 4, she said. It was a show about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for children with cerebral palsy, a motor disorder caused by a brain defect that appears at birth, or shortly thereafter. The Bryants were intrigued: If this mysterious...

Author: James O'Brien

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