Joe's Story

The National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame quarterback, known as Broadway Joe for his dazzling performance on the field and larger- than-life persona, is now working to make his name synonymous with cutting-edge clinical research, hope and healing for those living with traumatic brain injury. The Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center holds promise not just for athletes facing neurological issues as a result of grueling competition, but also for military veterans, car accident victims, stroke patients and others suffering from the effects of TBI. On behalf of these people, Joe is determined to find a treatment that works.

Joe made Jupiter, Florida, his adopted hometown more than 20 years ago. In 2012, he approached Dr. Lee Fox, Chief of Radiology at Jupiter Medical Center, about traumatic brain injury. Dr. Fox knew a colleague at the medical center who ran a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) program for wound care. He heard that the treatments were beginning to be tested for patients with injuries and disease of the brain linked to head trauma. After extensive neurological examination and cognitive tests, it was revealed that Joe was suffering from traumatic brain injury, so he decided to undergo HBOT at Jupiter Medical Center.

Dr. Fox conducted SPECT scans and found areas of reduced blood flow in Joe’s brain. Dr. Barry Miskin, designed a customized regimen of HBOT treatments. The result was Joe’s brain showed signs of recovery and new neurologic activity. After one year, Joe was retested, and not only did the benefits of his treatment remain, there was no regression. 

Impact

Jupiter Medical Center is confident in the success of its mission to become a leader in the treatment of head trauma by developing scientifically proven methods to heal the brain, and also reverse the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury for the benefit of patients and their families.

TBI is widely considered to be the most damaging condition to the human body, and the most misunderstood. With the knowledge that even a few exposures to HBOT might contribute to brain injury recovery, we are obligated to research this age-old technology as an effective treatment for the 21st century.

The goal of this FDA-approved clinical trial is to determine if HBOT can have a significant impact on reversing the damage from head trauma, so that this treatment can become standard practice for patients suffering from TBI.  Today at the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center, you can help us fund this important research that explores Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a treatment for debilitating traumatic brain injury. Through your generous donation, you can enable us to provide important answers and, more importantly, hope to those affected by head trauma. 

 

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