The Hyperbaric Institute Drowned Childrens’ Project

The Drowned Childrens’ Project is an initiative of Will and Beverly Boytim and Dr. Paul Harch to advance the application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to acutely drowned children. The foundation of this project was the Boytim’s inability to obtain HBOT for their acutely drowned son Robert in Texas. Delayed until hospital discharge Robert finally received HBOT and experienced a dramatic acceleration of his recovery that continues to this day. Robert Boytim was the 45th of now 100 children treated by Dr. Harch since 1989.

Through Will Boytim’s tireless advocacy at Texas Childrens’ Hospital a small group of physicians was impressed enough with Robert Boytim’s response to HBOT that they requested published scientific evidence on HBOT in drowned children as a prerequisite to launching a formal clinical research study on acutely drowned children. The only evidence known at this time is the 100-child experience in New Orleans.

The Hyperbaric Institute Drowned Childrens’ Project is an initiative to raise $150,000 to hire research staff to perform a retrospective study of all 100 children treated by Dr. Harch. Dr. Harch, the pediatric intensivists, neurologists, and radiologist will donate their time and expertise. These childrens’ outcomes will be compared to a group of drowned children who did not receive HBOT. Thus far $62,000 has been raised through the Hyperbaric Institute, a 501c3 non-profit corporation founded and directed by Dr. Harch that has funded multiple studies in the past 10 years. Please support this effort with your tax-deductible donations and help us bring the science and this treatment to drowned children worldwide.

Will and Beverly Boytim
Paul G. Harch, M.D.