Oxygen therapy breathes new life into PTSD and brain injury patients

Air Force veteran Brian Cherry couldn’t make it up a single flight of stairs in less than 15 minutes. Three decades of heavy drinking had destroyed his fitness levels and liver. He had experienced homelessness, joblessness and hopelessness. He was dying and wasn’t even sure he minded.

Hugo Frausto, a Marine veteran, couldn’t sleep. He often felt angry and depressed, flirting with the idea of suicide. Medication only made things worse, he said. He gave up hope that his life would ever get better. 

Then both Cherry’s and Frausto’s health and mindsets completely changed, they said, when they turned to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT.

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An HBOT chamber at NorthStar HBOT in Tucson, Arizona.