Call it what you will; the work of God or a higher power, scientific prowess, whatever.
The bottom line is that Eden Carlson will likely be called “Miracle Girl” for the rest of her life, and rightly so.
Let’s start with the obvious: When you drown, you die. Without oxygen, your body and brain inevitably fail and that’s the end. It’s a terrible way to go, especially for a child.
So when two-year-old Eden Carlson fell into the family swimming pool and technically “drowned,” her despondent parents didn’t hold out much hope.
After all, Eden had been submerged in 40-degree water for 15 minutes before anybody found her, and even after being resuscitated, her heart didn’t beat on its own for a startling two hours.
The outlook was grim: MRI scans revealed significant damage and doctors gave Eden only 2-48 hours to live. This had to be the end, one would assume, and a more tragic end a parent couldn’t possibly imagine.
But Eden kept on. Researchers at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine kept working, and treated Eden with two types of oxygen therapy.
At first, Eden couldn’t do much; she could merely squirm about a bit. But after 55 days of normobaric oxygen therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the girl started to get better.
By the time it was over, Eden was almost back to her normal happy self. Her movement and cognitive skills returned and then, a final MRI scan revealed the impossible:
Eden’s brain damage had nearly completely reversed. Said Dr. Paul Harch, who treated the girl:
“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.
Such low-risk medical treatment may have a profound effect on recovery of function in similar patients who are neurologically devastated by drowning.”
This is quite the story and though science obviously played its role, shouldn’t we also assume that God had a hand in this, too…?
What do you think?