Dr. Adam Mecinski, a plastic surgeon, reattached the piece of nose using grafting procedures. However, the graft did not appear to be healing, which is when her father, who had worked in the medical field, asked about using hyperbaric chambers. Dr. Thomas Gilbert from the Meritus Health Wound Center immediately brought Brooke into the chambers, going as far as to intervene with the family’s insurance company when it balked at the number of treatments he recommended.
|Brooke and her mom, Melissa, sitting on the bed of a hyperbaric chamber.|
Brooke received 23 sessions in the hyperbaric chambers. For every 130-minute session, one of her parents stayed with her so she wouldn’t be scared, but Brooke found the chambers “cool.” She said, “I told all my friends, it’s like you’re in a submarine or in a rocket. It’s like going into space.” When Brooke returned to her kindergarten class in May, her classmates were impressed, “that I got to go in an ambulance!”
Now, Brooke is in 1st grade and as active as ever. She loves cheerleading and spending time with her family and holding her new cousin, Mason.
|Brooke is ready to cheer!|
|Brooke and her new cousin, Mason.|
Brooke's recovery is ongoing and she'll have to undergo more surgeries, but her doctors are optimistic about her recovery.