Scientists Reverse Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who was Submerged in a Pool for 15 Minutes

Doctors and scientists in the US have, for the first time, reversed brain damage in a toddler who was submerged in the pool for over 15 minutes. Giving the young girl a second life.

After her mother discovered her, she immediately began CPR but Eden wasn’t successfully resuscitated until 2 hours after drowning by doctors at Washington Regional Medical Centre in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The young child sustained a major brain injury and tests showed deep grey matter damage and cerebral atrophy with grey and white matter loss after the incident. She could no longer speak, walk, or respond to voices – but would uncontrollably squirm around and shake her head.


They initiated a course of oxygen treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), that were administered by a team from LSU Health New Orleans and the University of North Dakota.

HBOT is a therapy that works by administering oxygen to a patient at an ambient pressure that is higher than atmospheric pressure, through the use of a pressurized chamber.

The doctors quickly discovered that their therapy was working. “The startling regrowth of tissue in this case occurred because we were able to intervene early in a growing child, before long-term tissue degeneration,” says hyperbaric specialist Paul Harch from LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine.

“Such low-risk medical treatment may have a profound effect on recovery of function in similar patients who are neurologically devastated by drowning,” Harch says.


Eden has received 40 HBOT treatments since the accident in February 2016. Throughout treatment she had progressively shown signs of recovery and an MRI taken a month after the 40th treatment showed close to complete reversal of the brain damage Eden initially suffered. This amazing recovery is being said to be a first of its kind!

The findings are reported in Medical Gas Research.

Cover Photo Source: Eden Carlson Miracles, YouTube

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