American researchers were able to restore the damaged areas of the brain of a two-year-old girl who drowned in the pool.
Eden Carlson stayed in the water for 15 minutes, after which she had a cardiac arrest, reports science alert.
The tragedy occurred in February 2016. The girl fell into the pool while her mother took a shower in the house. When the woman discovered the child, she immediately began to give her cardiopulmonary resuscitation. However, the girl's heart beat again only two hours later, when she was taken to a medical center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After resuscitation, the child did not respond to voices, could not move, but only shook his head uncontrollably.
After intensive therapy in the hospital for 48 days, the girl was discharged. Paul Harch of Louisiana State University proposed oxygenation to try to “wake up” the girl’s damaged brain. This is possible with the help of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This is a method of introducing oxygen to a patient at a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure. The treatment takes place in special pressure chambers.
The speech and the ability to walk returned to the girl. After 162 of the day after the actual death, she almost recovered. The speech centers of her brain began to work better than before the tragedy. Only MRI scans of her brain showed a slight residual injury.
According to researchers, this is the first recorded case of recovery of the brain after such damage. Doctors observed "amazing tissue growth." According to experts, they were able to almost completely “deploy” atrophy of the cortex and white matter of the brain. They note that earlier no therapy has shown such results.