Hyperbaric Chamber Blast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida clinic where
a hyperbaric chamber explosion killed a woman and her grandson has
reopened.

Neubauer Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center closed after the
May 2009 accident due to fire damage. It opened its doors and resumed offering hyperbaric treatments earlier this week.

Vincenza Pesce and 4-year-old Francesco Martinisi were inside a
pressurized oxygen chamber when it exploded. The boy was undergoing therapy for cerebral palsy and traveled from Italy for the
treatment. Their family has sued the facility.

A staff doctor says the clinic has implemented new safety rules, including prohibiting companions inside a chamber. It also aims to be more vigilant about scanning patients for anything that could cause a spark.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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