Toddler Rushed To The Hospital After Drowning For 15 Minutes, 3 Months Later A Miracle Occurs
FaithTap Staff 8/2/2017
Like many busy moms, Kristal Carlson found her day slipping away, so she asked her older children to keep an eye on their two-year-old sister so she could quickly hop in the shower. But the siblings lost track of their sister and thought little Eden had gone to find their mom. That's when tragedy struck.
Eden had just learned to toddle around and was pretty mobile. While out of sight of her siblings and mom, Eden wandered outside her home. She slipped through a baby gate and the unthinkable happened.
This precious little girl fell into the family's backyard swimming pool in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Not knowing how to swim, Eden was submerged in the water for at least five minutes, possibly for as long as 15 minutes.
She stopped breathing after inhaling the water. Her heart stopped beating and her blood pressure dropped to zero. When Kristal found her, little Eden was gone.
But that didn't stop Kristal. She was not going to lose her little girl. She began administering rescue breathing and chest compressions while 911 was called. When paramedics arrived, they took over CPR efforts. Eden received CPR for 100 minutes before her heart ever began beating again on its own.
Once she was stabilized, she was flown to Arkansas Children's Hospital where the unresponsive toddler spent five weeks fighting to stay alive. But she was nonresponsive, Kristal said.
"When we brought her home, she was a vegetable, unable to do anything. She had a feeding tube, could not speak, could not sit up, etc."
Dr. Paul G. Harch, clinical professor and director of hyperbaric medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, described Eden as "profoundly injured." When she was sent home, she was accompanied by a monitor because she'd stop breathing while sleeping and Kristal or her husband had to resuscitate her. The family had a rough road ahead of them.
"The predictions given to the family by the doctors were a list of never-evers: She will never ever talk, walk or eat on her own."
The team of doctors and neurosurgeons at Arkansas Children's Hospital did all that they could to help Eden, but eventually ran out of options. So Eden's parents began searching for alternative ways to treat brain injuries. That's when they discovered Dr. Harch.
Dr. Harch heads up an experimental treatment at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine called hyperbaric oxygen therapy. While it isn't considered a new approach in the medical field, it's considered experimental because it hasn't been approved by the FDA. The doctor said Eden was the perfect candidate for this treatment.
This once bubbly and energetic baby who was full of love and smiles couldn't talk, walk or hug her loved ones. After her tragic accident in the swimming pool, Eden began hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Twice a day for 45 minutes each, she was administered oxygen at sea-level pressure through her nose for one month at the local hospital to prepare her for the intense hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Then for five days a week, she would breathe in pure oxygen in the pressurized chamber.
Three months after Eden was pulled from the pool lifeless, she laughed. She moved her eyes, then her hands and arms. She began speaking. She was a miracle.
Brain scans showed that the damage she sustained from being submerged in the pool was reversing. Eden is supposedly the first such medical miracle in the world where gray matter loss and white matter atrophy were reversed.
Now three, Eden is mobile thanks to a walker, but she can walk short distances on her own. She can scale the stairs of her playset without help and is consistently making strides in her recovery. Kristal said that within a few years, Eden will function as if she'd never had the frightening accident.
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