2-Fatality HBOT Fire

14 Jun

Admittedly, the future for Francesco Martinizi (the boy who was very badly burned in a fire/explosion in a Florida HBOT clinic while apparently being “treated” for Cerebral Palsy), looked quite uncertain.

As I wrote previously:

Yes, this accident (fire/explosion) is tragic, very tragic. If Francesco indeed survives the injuries he’s apparently sustained, the next couple of months are likely to be very very rough. The situation certainly isn’t helped by the fact that there probably isn’t much in the way of good scientific evidence to support the notion that little 4 year-old Francesco should have ever been in such a facility in the first place.

His future is certain now. Francesco died Thursday.

Media reports:

Child Hurt In Chamber Explosion Dies In Hospital

Boy critically burned in Broward oxygen chamber explosion dies

Boy dies from injuries in hyperbaric chamber blast in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Boy injured in hyperbaric chamber blast dies

Previous entries at LBRB:

Fire, Fatal Injury, and Claims of Certification in an Independent HBOT Clinic

HBOT quackery maims 4 year old

Woman and child hurt in HBOT explosion

In Pace Requiescat, Francesco.

Question for commenters: What do you think about the mainstream media’s coverage of this fatality?

8 Responses to “2-Fatality HBOT Fire”

  1. Kev June 14, 2009 at 19:45 #

    Poor lad. What an utter pointless waste.

  2. Sullivan June 15, 2009 at 00:00 #

    Poor little guy.

  3. cpu52362 June 16, 2009 at 23:44 #

    This is very upsetting, I was hoping for a good outcome for him recovering from the burns. Francesco, though I know you are no longer with us, I am really very sorry that you had to go through all these weeks of intensive care, to no avail.

  4. Interrobang July 27, 2009 at 21:58 #

    *sigh* Thanks for posting this, if for no other reason than this cerebrally palsied person will have something else to say the next time some crank suggests I should get it because it’ll make me all better or something. Never mind that biology doesn’t work like that, of course.

  5. Dr Rob Pender August 4, 2016 at 15:55 #

    the death of this young boy was very sad, the problem was not with the treatment but the poor condition of chamber and the fact that it was pressurised with Oxygen and not compressed air, that is why I never use chambers that are pressurised with Oxygen. At present we are doing a clinical trial on CP and autism and HBOT.The protocol is designed to find if HBOT can improve the quality of life. The trial is being independently reported by leading Neurologists and carried out under the supervision of paediatric consultants.Medicine has always developed with medical professionals who are willing to safely move out of the traditional envelope.

    • Science Mom August 4, 2016 at 16:58 #

      Dr. Pender, it’s easy to blame a “poor condition of the chamber” but you fail to understand that untrained people are conducting medical treatments that haven’t been demonstrated to work. You don’t even mention this as a problem.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 6, 2016 at 17:49 #

      Interfering. You come to an autism focused website, you profit from selling your services to the autism community, and you claim some sort of authority based on a clinical trial for CP, not autism.

      I did not see on your site discussion of the Thoughtful House study on HBOT. The one that shows no benefit. From a group that is strongly biased towards alternative therapies–I.e would be inclined to skew the data to show a positive outcome.

      Are you suspending selling your services to the CP community until such time as the research is done, or are you profiting from what even you acknowledge is an experimental therapy?

      Clearly you continue to profit.

      But, hey, come here and advertise, right?


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