Stereotactic brain repair treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine and physical therapy.
Master was a healthy boy until he accidentally fell into the swimming pool when he was one year old. After emergency management he was able to survive, but he was in a prolonged coma and became ventilator dependent. Though he was capable of spontaneous respirations, he could not maintain oxygen saturation without support of the mechanical ventilator.
Master was at minimally conscious state when he was admitted. An occasional and spontaneous smile was noticed. Mild congestion was auscultated in both posterior lungs. Obvious perspiration was noticed only on the head and face.
After admission, several medical protocols were applied, including stereotactic treatment to repair the injured neural cells, medical improvement of cerebral circulation, nutrition and metabolism, combined with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), rehabilitation therapy, as well as symptomatic and supportive treatment.
The patient’s condition has improved significantly. His vital signs are getting normal. His SO2 can be maintained within 95-98% without using either ventilator or oxygen.
Mechanical ventilation is needed only while the patient is in deep sleep at night. When his parents call him, he has quick responses with his eyes moving faster and smiling appropriately. Sometimes he is responsive to sounds and tends to follow the sound. He is now more sensitive to pain and touch. When in sitting position, he can control his head better, with assistance. He occasionally turns his head around on his own. Muscle tone of the limbs is improving. At present, more voluntary limb movements (mainly ‘lifting’ movements) are noted with the left arm.
The patient’s pattern of perspiration is almost normal, body-wide.
His parents are very happy with the treatment outcome. The staff at BPIH is looking forward to receiving more good reports from Master Ibrahim Yousuf.