1 year ago
Friday, July 30, 2010
Most people would give up when faced with insurmountable odds, but then again, Bella isn’t like most people. Bella Counts is a three-year-old leukemia patient who developed necrotizing fasciitis, otherwise known as flesh-eating bacteria, as a result of her weakened immune system. She was sent to Texas Health Fort Worth for hyperbaric wound treatment to heal skin grafts that were unsuccessfully healing.
Hyperbaric wound treatment exposes patients to 100 percent oxygen at below sea-level pressure. The oxygen is forced into the bloodstream at a quicker rate to promote quicker cell growth. It is a therapy typically used to treat elderly diabetic and carbon monoxide poisoned patients. Bella is the first child to undergo treatment for these types of wounds at the hospital. For her parents, the forty treatments have meant a chance to save her tiny legs from amputation.
For 40 treatments, Bella climbed into her “space suit” and “space ship” to begin the healing process. Without any complaints, she embarks on the two-hour treatment with a smile on her face and brightening the staff and other patients around her. Her bravery has been an inspiration to others and has been a big part of her healing process.
If you know a child or individual who you believe might also benefit from wound care and hyperbaric treatment, leave us a comment and we will be happy to get into contact with you!
Posted by Whitney Jodry at 6:23 AM