Family credits fish oil in helping teen’s injured brain

Family credits fish oil in helping teen’s injured brain


HOWEVER, IN SOME INSTANCES, A BRAIN THAT’S NOT DEAD, BUT VERY BADLY HURT, CAN NOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT SOMETIMES RECOVER COMPLETELY. FOR A CALIFORNIA FAMILY, FINDING THE ANSWER WAS NON-NEGOTIABLE. WHERE THEIR SEARCH TOOK THEM, A COMPLETE SURPRISE. DR. SANJAY GUPTA HAS THEIR STORY.>>Reporter: GRANT VIRGIN’S FAMILY KNEW ONLY A FEW DETAILS ABOUT HIS ACCIDENT. A WHITE CAR, A HIT AND RUN, A TEENAGER AIRLIFTED FROM A BLOODY SCENE, NEARLY DEAD. THEY RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL TO FIND OUT IF HE WAS STILL ALIVE.>>IT WAS A TOUGH SCENE WHEN WE GOT THERE.>>THE DOCTOR HAD A REALLY, REALLY BAD LOOK ON HIS FACE.>>THAT LOOK WAS A REFLECTION OF GRANT’S INJURIES. THEY WERE STAGGERING. HIS ER DOCTOR TOLD GRANT’S FAMILY TO LET HIM GO.>>THE FACT THAT THIS DOCTOR WASN’T FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE JUST BLEW MY MIND. HE’S NOT DEAD YET. WHY WOULD YOU JUST, AS A PARENT, HOW COULD YOU EVER LET GO, NOT KNOWING THAT YOU HADN’T DONE EVERY SINGLE POSSIBLE THING THAT YOU COULD FOR YOUR SON?>>DOING EVERY SINGLE POSSIBLE THING WAS GOING TO TAKE GRANT’S FAMILY ON A WILD JOURNEY, FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS, AND SOME UNCONVENTIONAL THERAPIES. TWO WEEKS AFTER HIS ACCIDENT, AFTER SEVERAL OPERATIONS, GRANT WAS IN A COMA. HIS HEART WAS OKAY. HIS BRAIN WAS NOT.>>THE DOCTOR TOLD ME, SHE GOES, OKAY, NOW WE WAIT. SURELY THERE’S SOMETHING WE COULD DO.>>SHE GOES, NO, NOTHING WE CAN DO, JUST WAIT. THE BRAIN HAS ITS OWN TIME SCHEDULE.>>IN WHAT WOULD BECOME A THEME, IMPATIENT. GRANT’S FAMILY SWEPT ASIDE THAT DOCTOR’S ADVICE. FIRST THEY TRIED PROGESTERONE, WHICH MAY REDUCE INFLAMMATION IN THE BRAIN. SOON AFTERWARD, HIS FAMILY SAYS GRANT BEGAN TO SPEAK. THEN GRANT’S MOTHER GOT AN E-MAIL WITH A LINK TO THIS STORY.>>HE NEVER WOULD HAVE COME OUT OF A COMA IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR THE USE OF OMEGA 3’S.>>THE CNN STORY WAS ABOUT HIGH DOSE OMEGA 3’S, FOUND IN FISH AIL, AND HOW IT MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN HEALING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES. THE FIRST TIME THIS HAD BEEN DONE, 2006 AFTER A MINING EXPLOSION. 12 MINERS DIED. ONLY ONE SURVIVED. BUT HIS BRAIN WAS BADLY DAMAGED. HIS TEAM OF DOCTORS, INCLUDING BARRY SEERS, FIGURED THIS, ABOUT 30% OF THE BRAIN IS COMPOSED OF OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS. GIVING HIM A LARGE DOSE OF FISH OIL MIGHT RESTORE FUNCTION.>>YEAH, I’D JUST LIKE TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.>>AFTER THE FISH OIL, HE MADE A DRAMATIC, FULL RECOVERY. THE SCIENCE IS NOT CLEAR. THERE HAVE BEEN NO LARGE STUDIES, AND IT DIDN’T ALWAYS SEEM TO WORK. BUT DESPITE THAT, GRANT VIRGIN’S FAMILY, A COMBINATION OF DESPERATE AND DETERMINED, DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY.>>I DON’T WANT TO WAIT 20 YEARS, WHILE THEY DO A BUNCH MORE STUDIES TO PROVE IT REALLY WORKS. I DON’T NEED THAT.>>GRANT WAS GIVEN 20 GRAMS OF FISH OIL PER DAY THROUGH HIS FEEDING TUBE, EVEN MORE THAN RANDY McCLOY GOT. IN DECEMBER OF 2012, NINE WEEKS AFTER HIS ACCIDENT AND ONLY TWO DAYS AFTER STARTING HIGH DOSE FISH OIL THERAPY, GRANT VIRGIN MADE A PHONE CALL.>>IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE, A COUPLE DAYS INTO GIVING HIM THE FISH OIL, HE NOW IS TALKING IN SENTENCES.>>IN TIME, GRANT BECAME MORE ANIMATED. AND SOON, HE WAS WALKING.>>STARTING WITH JANUARY.>>JANUARY, FEBRUARY — >>HERE IS GRANT, A YEAR A

23 thoughts on “Family credits fish oil in helping teen’s injured brain

  1. Im so happy for him and his family. these type the stories makes me happy that parents are willing to do anything. Thank you cnn for uploading this incredible story.

  2. That is absolutely wonderful. Maybe get a little of rick Simpson oil added to the cure.
    Google Rick Simpson… Many cures fall outside the big farma research division..

  3. I have been using fish oil for quite some time now and it help me with my joint pain suffered during heavy weight workouts

  4. At 3:03 "Grant was given 20 grams of fish oil per day through his feeding tube."
    It takes 1000 milligrams to equal 1 gram.
    It would take 66.67  300mg fish oil pills a day to equal this dose.
    My bottle says take 3 a day, not 66.

  5. Couldnt they have did the fish oil test for the little girl that was also brain dead? WoW too sad for her May she RIP. The doctors didn't want to try nothing to help her

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