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Update …Hyperbaric Chamber Tragedy…A Child Hangs On….Big News In Italy…Some Answers Of Safety Concerns…

May 4, 2009 by Barbara

Sentinel excerpts….

BC…..His Father is here……

‘With his father keeping vigil at his bedside, the boy remains in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Burn Unit, Marco Rocca, the Italian consul general in Miami, said Monday.’

BC…..FirstĀ  reasons what might have caused this….

‘An initial investigation by Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives and the State Fire Marshal’s Office indicated a tube attached to an oxygen chamber at Ocean Hyperbaric Oxygen Neurologic Center became dislodged, causing the explosion and flash fire.’

BC…..We hear this is the big news in Italy…with so many who made this possible for the boy….as relayed in a phone call from Italy to a local property owner…yesterday…

‘After the child’s family raised funds to pay for the trip, the 4-year-old arrived in South Florida last Nov. 22 for therapy sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Such treatment is restricted or forbidden in Italy because of the risk of fire.

Luigi Martinisi “is very shocked at this tragedy, and very focused on the situation of his son,” said Rocca.

The mayor of San Felice a Cancello said the child had probably been blinded as well as horribly burned.’

BC…..Answers are beginning to come from the LBTS Public information Officer…regarding the Town and the VFD…and any prior action taken in regards to safety concerns with the building…….

”The medical center where the explosion occurred is inspected periodically to ensure it complies with regulations on oxygen chambers promulgated by the National Fire Protection association, Lauderdale-by-the Sea spokesman Steve d’Oliveira said.

In January, an inspector hired by the city cited the center for eight fire code violations. The citations involved such issues as signage, sprinkler heads and improper storage areas.

“There was nothing that had to do with the chamber, per se,” d’Oliveira said. “We went out there again in March and they had corrected everything.”‘

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