An Arkansas family says their 3-year-old is “miraculously [coming] back to life” after she was left with brain damage from nearly drowning in a pool more than a year ago.
Eden pulse was gone for two hours and doctors felt like there was little hope for her survival.
Eden’s mother, Kristal Carlson, spoke on that scary day in February when her small child almost lost her life: “I was completely panicked. Completely panicked,” Carlson recalled. “My kids heard me scream.”
Eden’s older sister dialed 911 as her mother took Eden in the house and started to give her CPR on the little girl.
By the grace of God, Eden overcame the doctor’s bleek fate for her, however her living came at a cost; her suffers from significant brain damage now.
When the Carlson’s realized there was little more that could be done for their daughter and Eden perhaps would never be the same, they took proactive measures.
“When it was becoming clear that medically there was nothing else that could be done with our daughter…we started getting online and researching different ways that brain injuries have been helped through different alternative methods,” Carlson said.
The Carlsons uncovered a treatment called hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which involves breathing in pure oxygen. It’s commonly used to treat scuba divers suffering from decompression sickness.
Dr. Paul Harch of LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine performs the therapy. The Carlsons decided to contact him and see if it could help their daughter.
The little girl was given pressurized oxygen twice a day. She was then placed in a pressurized chamber where she received oxygen five days per week.
“Prior to [her first treatment], she had been uncontrollably squirming, moving side-to-side, and wouldn’t focus her eyes on anything,” Harch said. “What I wanted to find out was if she would respond to oxygen…and how she might respond to the hyperbaric chamber.”
Miraculously, they began to see some progress.
“Hours after the first treatment, they saw her improving, neurologically. She was not squirming as much. She started to focus with her gaze,” Harch recalled. “By the second treatment, it was very clear, her eyes were clearer. She was gazing, focusing, and she had diminished with the squirming so it was obvious she was responsive to that dose.”
Weeks later, to everyone’s surprise, Eden started walking with the support of her mother. Then she shocked them further.
“I’m walking, I’m walking!” she yelled.