After traumatic brain injury from near fatal crash, oxygen therapy gives ND woman her life back
LEEDS, N.D. — Since a near-fatal accident in November of 2007, Hannah Anderson has had to deal with more than any human should ever have to face.
With a traumatic brain injury from the crash, she had to learn to walk, talk, breathe and eat all over again.
Through three months of care at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul and then extensive therapies back home at a nearby Devils Lake facility, she was able to recover — somewhat.
But the daily migraine headaches, brain fog, short-term memory loss, near sleepless nights and exhaustion were still part of her life.
In January, at the suggestion of a family friend, the now 27-year-old and her mother, Lisa Anderson, decided to give hyperbaric oxygen therapy a try.
Hannah Anderson went through two treatments a day for five days under the care of Dr. Daphne Denham at the Healing with Hyperbarics clinic in south Fargo. Denham made no promises when they arrived for the $150 per treatment plan, Lisa said.
What happened next was what Hannah Anderson and her mother said was "absolutely amazing."
About halfway through the five-day treatments, Hannah Anderson said her "brain fog" lifted for the first time in more than 11 years.
But it goes much further than that. Her headaches and migraines have dramatically decreased if not almost disappeared.
She's also sleeping better, has less anxiety and more energy.
In other words, the therapy was a type of "miracle cure," her mother said.
"I feel more normal than I ever have in my life," said Hannah Anderson, who is now working as paraprofessional at the nearby Minnewaukan School.
She also said she now has a better short-term memory which helps with her tasks at work.
The mother and daughter have nothing but words of praise for Denham.
"It's by the grace of God," that she came to North Dakota to open a clinic from her one in Illinois, Hannah Anderson said.