New treatment for Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson

Paul Macnamara/rossparry.co.uk  10/11/2013   Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, the most seriously injured sioldier ever to survive his injuries after being blown up by an anti tank mine in Afghanistan walks on his prosthetic legs to lay a wreath at the rememberance service in his hometown of Doncaster, south Yorkshire.
Paul Macnamara/rossparry.co.uk 10/11/2013 Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, the most seriously injured sioldier ever to survive his injuries after being blown up by an anti tank mine in Afghanistan walks on his prosthetic legs to lay a wreath at the rememberance service in his hometown of Doncaster, south Yorkshire.
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South Yorkshire war hero Ben Parkinson is to become the first British soldier to undergo a new treatment on his injuries.

Lance Bombardier Parkinson, who has been described as the British Army’s most injured survivor of the Afghanistan conflict, is to travel to Scotland for a treatment called HBOT.

HBOT - or hyper-baric oxygen therapy - entails Ben spending two hours a day in a diving chamber, six days a week for at least a month. The chamber is filled with high pressure oxygen, which is known to help with breaks and soft tissue injuries.

Ben, aged 30, of Doncaster, said: “The team up in Edinburgh are doing work to see if the treatment works on brain injury.

“They want to know if it will work even years after the injury has happened.

“A few American servicemen have been over to have this treatment already but I will be the first British lad to try it out. I can’t wait.”

Ben said he hopes the treatment - which has been funded by the Pilgrimbandits charity - will help his speech and memory as the oxygen is thought to open up new pathways in the brain.

At the very least, the treatment should help repair some damage on his right stump following an operation last summer.