The disrespect for life that began with abortion is now pervasive all along the continuum of life. Today the value of a patient’s life is often quickly weighed against a subjective “quality of life” judgment by doctors and weighed in light of the cost of care. Due to a medical emergency or accident, we can all fall victim to denial of medical care.
Will and Beverly Boytim have lived every parent’s nightmare. On February 28 of this year, the family found their 3-year old son, Robert, submerged in a pond. Within 5-15 minutes of the accident, Robert was pulled from the water and began receiving CPR while awaiting EMS and hospital transport.
Upon hearing of his son’s accident, Will hearkened back to the oxygen treatment he had received as an injured diver that he believed could give his son a second chance at life. He began researching Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBoT) for drowning victims.
Several days into Robert’s hospital stay, an MRI indicated that he had sustained significant brain damage. Following this diagnosis, the Boytims noted a change in the medical staff’s attitude toward treatment. The Boytims were told that Robert would probably “never wake up” and that they should simply “keep Robert comfortable” and “let him go.” It seemed as if Robert was offered nothing but a death sentence.
Although Will repeatedly requested use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber available at the hospital, Robert was denied this life-giving therapy during his 37 day stay. Following Robert’s release from the hospital, the Boytims sought treatment from Dr. Paul Harch, a leading researcher and physician in the field of HBoT. Since undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Robert has made astounding progress.
Left: Prior to release from the hospital, Robert’s muscles were locked into a twisted position as a result of seizure-like episodes called “neuro-storming.” Middle: Robert, after 40 HBoT treatments, prior to leaving Dr. Harch’s New Orleans clinic.
Right: Robert in a stander
Conroe Courier article about Robert: https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Hyperbaric-medicine-aids-Conroe-boy-who-nearly-13060868.php
Robert’s case follows closely on the heels of that of Eden Carlson, another of Dr. Harch’s patients. Following drowning Eden was revived after 1 hour and 45 minutes of CPR and 17 Epinephrine injections. Eden did not have a heartbeat for 2 hours. Her parents were told that she would never eat, speak, walk, or react to her surroundings. However, following HBoT therapy, Eden became one of the first documented cases of brain injury reversal.
CBS News story of Eden Carlson: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oxygen-therapy-revives-brain-of-toddler-who-almost-drowned-in-pool/
Carlson family YouTube video:
National Institute of Health Abstract article by Dr. Paul Harch: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5510296/
At the August meeting the Boytims will share the moving story of Robert’s survival. While highlighting the miraculous benefits of oxygen therapy, the Boytims’ story also puts the spotlight on the medical industry’s refusal sometimes to provide treatment even when it is available. Again, denial of medical care is an important topic that can affect us all.
About our speakers:
Will is a self-employed Marine Engineer and Bev’s many roles include mother, teacher, and herbalist. Their passion is to pave a path for HBoT to become immediate and conventional, and to inform people that there is hope after brain injury.
⦁ Thursday, August 30
⦁ 7-8:30 p.m.
⦁ Conroe Central Library, Room 104, I-45 North Conroe, TX 77301