Leah visits our clinic every day with her mom Jen.. Leah has been in the hyperbaric chamber just over 40 one hour sessions. Leah has Microcephaly. Microcephaly is a medical condition in which the brain does not develop properly resulting in a smaller than normal head. Microcephaly may be present at birth or it may develop in the first few years of life. Often people with the disorder have an intellectual disability, poor motor function, poor speech, abnormal facial features, seizures, and are short. Microcephaly has been in the news most recently connected to Zika virus. The World Health Organization says the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes microcephaly.
Leah is a bright, loving, happy young girl about to turn 4. She comes in with a big smile and a hug for everyone. She usually brings a couple of her favorite stuffed animals to join her in the chamber. She never hesitates to jump right in and get comfortable throwing her arms back behind her head on the pillow like she is right at home! Leah and Jen work on activities or relax and watch one of Leah’s favorite movies. You can often hear Leah singing in the chamber and is known to greet our other clients with a peak at them through their chamber window.
Leah and her mom Jen.
I’m pretty sure Leah has a mouth full of cookie!
Leah always checks to see if Mr John is working in the clinic.
She has learned that it is likely Mr John has a stash of cookies
Leah’s family and teachers have noticed significant improvements since she started HBOT! Our HBOT clinic staff has noticed Leah is much more engaging and responsive. She is quicker to reply with a well spoken word. Her words are clearer. At home Jen says Leah used her first whole sentence! “I want more please.” At Leah’s eye exam Leah matched the images to the pictures in front of her 100% for the first time! Leah’s teachers (who do not know that Leah is doing HBOT) told Jen they are so excited in the progress Leah is making! She is more focused, using more words and engaged.
Leah’s mom Jen is in the chamber everyday with Leah for an hour. It’s a beautiful sight of unconditional love. Parents doing all they can to help their child. We see this so often because the traditional medical route has offered no answers.
We love you Leah! You bring joy to our clinic everyday!