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To the editor:
Lincoln woman's donation offers relief to those
suffering from traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, autism, cerebral
palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
On behalf of the community and myself, I would like to publicly
thank Mrs. Linda Schneider of Lincoln for donating a hyperbaric
oxygen therapy chamber to my medical practice. When she informed me
of her intention, I was overcome with emotion. I just couldn't
believe it, but she smiled and hugged me and said, "We are all in
Long known by family and friends for her selflessness and
generosity, Mrs. Schneider has had the foresight and vision to
provide this innovative treatment modality, which will benefit many
children struggling to attain a normal life that so many of us take
for granted. This magnanimous gift will allow state-of-the-art
treatment of children and adults suffering from autism, attention
deficit disorder and other neurological conditions. To my knowledge
this is the only easily accessible mild HBOT chamber available to
the public in the Springfield area.
Traditionally used in medicine for the treatment of burn patients
and deep wound infections, HBOT has more recently been used by
pioneering neurologists and sports medicine doctors for brain
injuries and sports injuries. Introduced to the autism community by
physicians who are also parents of autistic children, HBOT was noted
not only to produce a calming effect but also to improve sleep,
cognition, speech, eye contact and interactions with their
environment. The healing process occurs by providing damaged tissue
with increased oxygen, which is gently "pushed" into body fluids and
plasma -- even if the blood supply to the tissues has been
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The children receive their treatments by entering the pressurized
chamber, which is referred to as a "submarine," where they can read
books, watch a movie, nap or work with their therapists.
A blessing of the chamber by the Rev. Julie Azbell of the First
United Methodist Church of Lincoln will take place on Sunday, Jan.
14, at 2 p.m. at our office, 1111 Rickard Road, Springfield (map).
You are invited to attend the blessing and the reception, which will
follow, to honor and express our gratitude to Mrs. Schneider for
this wonderful resource. Such amazing generosity is an example of
the true spirit of Christmas.
Thank you, thank you, Mrs. Schneider, not only for what you have
done, but for the wonderful way in which you will touch the lives of
so many people. The healthier and more connected our friends and
families become, the better place our world becomes.
Georgia Davis, M.D., and Associates
(Posted Jan. 8, 2007)
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