The following story has been communicated to Generation Rescue about a tragedy affecting a 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his family.
According to sources, the boy was in a hyperbaric chamber at Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen clinic today in Florida when the oxygen in the chamber ignited. The exact cause of the fire is not yet reported. At the time the chamber was inflated to 1.75 ATA and 100% oxygen was being used to fill the entire chamber. These settings are uncommon and known to have added safety risks.
Most chambers are pressurized with room air and oxygen is only delivered to the face keeping the oxygen content low and safe throughout the chamber. The clinic uses Sechrist & Vickers hyperbaric chambers, and thus far it appears the accident was caused by human error (technician error). While the technician was a Certified Hyperbaric Technician it seems that safety precautions were not adhered to. The boy is in critical condition. The grandmother is also in the hospital. As we understand this boy had completed 40 dives and was doing so well that his family wanted him to continue hyperbaric therapy.
Very few centers use 100% oxygen to inflate the chamber because of the added risk. The pressures and oxygen levels used at the Ocean Hyperbaric Center in Florida are not typically used or recommended for children with autism.
Hyperbaric oxygen has been shown to safely help many children with autism. Typical treatment levels for autism are from 1.3-1.5 ATA with oxygen levels are 24-30% which means the chamber air is safe and not flammable.
A CBS news story about this accident can be seen here:
This is a horrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with this child, his grandmother and their family and friends.