The local “St. Petersburg Times” newspaper, in June 2008, wrote an article featuring our HBOT-Center. The article “Hyperbaric chamber therapy draws hopeful devotees to a St. Petersburg home” was written by Leonora Anton.
Five mornings a week, the sick and injured make a pilgrimage to the living room of a lighting fixture salesman. Babies, shaken, nearly drowned or robbed of air at birth. Men with macular degeneration. Women who have suffered strokes. They travel from Bosnia and Canada, Kansas and New York, Tampa and New Port Richey to drink in the air from a pair of hyperbaric chambers parked beside a tan leather couch. A grandmother with pulmonary hypertension sits in one chamber, cradling a grandson born too early. In another, a stepfather with heart problems holds a baby shaken by her biological father.
There are no doctors here. Some people are here against doctor’s orders. But it’s free, and talk of tiny miracles spill out as parents wait to enter the chambers with their sick children.
The mother of a shaken baby tells how, after two treatments, her daughter’s clenched fists opened. A man whose eyesight was almost gone says he can see.
Mark Fowler runs this hyperbaric operation out of his home. He is a prophet in Selama Grotto, a Masonic organization similar to the Shriners that tries to help children with cerebral palsy. His grandson has cerebral palsy.