Hyperbaric Treatment Being Denied To Thousands Of Desperate Patients? Part 3Written by admin on August 27th, 2010
“Our centre is very small, yet it is unjustly classified as an independent private hospital with specialist technology. It is run by volunteers and has only one paid member of staff, yet we are being asked by the Healthcare Commission [the independent health inspection organisation] to pay the same annual inspection fee – £1,500 – as commercially run centres.
“The struggle for survival is acute. Day to day, we wonder if we will have enough money to pay British Oxygen Company [oxygen costs £1,000 a month].”
Leanne Walker, a psychology student who suffered brain damage following encephalitis, is one of the centre’s most moving success stories.
“In the beginning, she woke up every day begging me to kill her,” says her mother, Susan. “She told me later that she only called me Mum because she thought it would make me feel better. She didn’t really know who I was. She went back to being a child and lost all sense of appropriate behaviour. We had to teach her everything, even the names of objects like cups and saucers. She had no long-term memory, and her short-term memory was about 30 seconds.”
After four weeks of treatment at the Breath for Life centre, 25-year-old Leanne’s memory started to improve. “One day she remembered something she had done the day before. It was a wonderful breakthrough,” says her mother.
She was treated for an hour and a half three times a week for three months, then once a week. “We dared not miss it. Her improvement amazed us.” Leanne was able to repeat her first-year course at Lancaster University, graduated with a 2:1 and now has a part-time job as a teaching assistant.
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