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Doctors use oxygen therapy to treat toddler who had drowned in cold water
A toddler who had suffered severe brain damage because of drowning has now recovered after being treated using oxygen therapy and this could be the first such treatment in the world.

The young toddler identified as Eden Carlson had drowned in a swimming pool and had suffered severe brain damage. The toddler's family found her floating in a swimming pool. The water of the pool was reported to be too cold (5 degree Celsius) and the toddler was believed to have lost the ability to survive.

But contradictory to popular opinions, she did survive and is now living healthily. To reverse the damage, scientists made use of oxygen therapy. And with this therapy they were able to restore her ability to walk and talk.

In the incident that happened in February 2016, the toddler remained drowned for close to 15 minutes before she was discovered and later when she was recovered, for two hours, she had no heartbeat.

As per reports, the researchers have also claimed that this could be the first case where loss of grey matter was reported along with brain damage of severe levels and was treated with oxygen therapy.

The treatment is also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). The therapy involves a patient to be exposed to pure oxygen but within a strictly controlled pressurized chamber. The therapy exposes the body of the patient to three times the level of oxygen that a human body is generally exposed to.

As the treatment progressed, Eden was able to laugh, move her arms and hands and gradually within a few months, she was able to move on her own.

What remains to be seen is whether the therapy can be used for treating older patients suffering with the same disease or not.

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