OPERATION: Head Home is a project launched by Restorix Foundation (non-profit, 501c3) to raise funds to treat qualified Veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as part of a clinical national research study to heal head injuries. Former Marine Sgt. Jeff Brennan served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and has been diagnosed with TBI. Help us raise the $15,000 needed to take Jeff through this treatment study and his participation will help provide research data to hopefully advance the use of HBOT for conditions like TBI beyond the 14 already approved indications. www.restorixfoundation.org
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the inhalation of 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. HBOT supersaturates the body with pressurized oxygen to promote tissue healing with a concurrent reduction in inflammation. In wounds or injuries where normal blood flow has been hindered, increased oxygen tension in the plasma allows cells to receive healing oxygen.
Breakthrough medical research is finding that HBOT helps TBI sufferers—often dramatically. Clinical trials show HBOT aids in healing brain tissue by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels into damaged tissues and by increasing stem-cell production involved in tissue repair. Click here for more information about HBOT and TBI.
Former Marine Sgt. Jeff Brennan suffered a loss of consciousness when an M84 (also known as a flashbang or stun grenade) went off near his head in the Gulf War. Since returning home, Brennan has suffered other impacts of his war service including loss of short-term memory and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has also had two heart attacks and 11 strokes.
Brennan served from 1983 to 1992. He was a cadre instructor of the elite Marine Corps Security Force. The Marine Corps Security Force Regiment is a dedicated security and anti-/counter-terrorism unit of the United States Marine Corps.
Jeff is a father of one, and an active Pierce County community volunteer. He is on the board of directors and serves as public relations officer for both the Marine Corps League and VetsMeetVets including Toys for Tots public relations. Despite the severity of his injuries and health issues, he remains motivated to “pay it forward” to other veterans through community involvement and motivational speaking engagements.
Restorix Foundation is partnering with Restorix Research Instutute to participate in a national study called the NBIRR MulticenterObservational Study of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Traumatic Brain Injury—it’s being conducted in multiple hyperbaric oxygen sites, with approved research partners across the US. It seeks to qualify HBOT as an approved therapy for TBI, acritical step in winning FDA approval. FDA approval would give other TBI sufferers Medicare and other third-party medical insurance coverage for treatments. The study seeks to enroll one thousand participants by April 2014.
The study requires a minimum of 40 treatments, but could extend to 60-80 treatments, at a cost of $15 thousand. HBOT is considered significantly less costly than drug therapies, which manage TBI instead of healing it—often with debilitatingside effects.
Restorix Foundation will apply funds raised in excess of goal to the next veteran approved in the study. Operation: Head Home funds one qualified study participant at a time.
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