Former Marine Sgt. Jeff Brennan served in the Gulf War (Desert Storm and Desert Shield) and is the victim of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) obtained in a fall from a tower during training and compounded during shellings at the fire station on the border between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He qualified to participate in a National Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation (NBIRR) study. We started treatment for Jeff in October, 2012 after raising $10,000 to cover the cost of his first 40 dives.
Jeff had Dive #40 on Dec. 5, 2012 and the results have exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you for supporting Jeff and we hope this paves the way for more qualified Veterans to get the treatment they deserve for head injuries.
What is Operation: Head Home - Restore Life To Our Brain-Injured Vets? It is a project launched by Restorix Foundation (501(c)(3) non-profit), with the goal being to raise funds to pay for a qualified veteran who suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to participate in a clinical research study using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to heal head injuries. Other qualified veteran study participants are slated to follow.
What is TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)? Called the new silent war wound, TBI is caused by a head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBI impacts include cognitive deficits, depression, sleep disorders, visual impairment, seizures and chronic pain. The Rand Corporation estimates that some 400 thousand American troops are returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with TBI.
What is Hyberbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)? Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the inhalation of 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. HBOT supersaturates the body with pressurized oxygen to promote tissue healing with a concurrent reduction in inflammation. In wounds or injuries where normal blood flow has been hindered, increased oxygen tension in the plasma allows cells to receive healing oxygen. Clinical trials have shown HBOT aids in healing brain tissue by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels into damaged tissues and by increasing stem-cell production.
How is HBOT effective treatment for TBI (traumatic brain injury)? Breakthrough medical research is finding that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps TBI sufferers—often dramatically—reducing dependence on prescription drugs. Restorix Foundation will be raising funds to treat qualified Veterans under a National Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation (NBIRR) study (involving 1000 participants) that could win federal approval for HBOT as a Medicare-reimbursable therapy