Patient stories

  1. 'There Isn't Another Place in the World I Would Rather Crash'

    Carbon monoxide poisoning led to a plane crash that sent pilot Dan Bass to the hospital at Mayo Clinic. His doctors were able to treat his injuries and help him ?recover from the poisoning, thanks in part to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The last thing Dan Bass remembers about his flight from Duluth, Minnesota, on Feb. [...]

  2. Saving Dave Boyett?s Foot With the Help of a Pressure Chamber

    After a series of accidents led to increasingly serious foot wounds and infections, Dave Boyett was told he might have to have his right foot amputed. Staff at Mayo Clinic?s Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program in Rochester, however, helped change that. Dave Boyett was just trying to be helpful when, on Labor Day weekend in [...]

  3. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Heal a Veteran's Wounds

    Fritz Kruger of Hayward, Wisconsin, wondered how breathing pure oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized tube could heal his body. Fritz, 56, suffered from side effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer when he was referred for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in fall 2016.? A?U.S. Air Force veteran who served from 1986 to 1995, including in [...]

  4. Keen Eye and Quick Action Save Rochester Mom From Life-Threatening Infection

    When Heather Spaniol woke up from the first of many surgeries to rid her body of a life-threatening infection that was decimating her tissues, the gratitude she felt toward the Mayo Clinic surgeons who?d saved her life was so strong, she didn?t even register how much trauma her body had sustained. ?I think I was [...]

Nov. 25, 2014