CHURCHILL presented with a severe bilateral pleuropneumonia that had been present for seven days. He was treated aggressively for seven weeks with antibiotics and chest tube drains. Although he was improving, pleural and cranial mediastinal abscesses were not responding to antibiotic treatment and he become cachectic. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was initiated along with continued medical treatment.
After seven treatments in the hyperbaric chamber, Churchill’s body condition started to improve. He received a total of 30 treatments in the hyperbaric chamber. Churchill gained weight and the infection resolved within four months of initial diagnosis of the life threatening disease.