A diver swollen with nitrogen bags

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It happened 4 years ago. Alejandro, a seafood fisherman, was doing his work more than 30m deep. He suffered a free flow in one of his hoses and, being alone, had to make a too fast direct ascent. This caused him a decompressive illness.

"I did not die, but I swelled," says Alejandro. The strange thing is that the nitrogen that produced his blood ascending from the ocean depths did not kill him like others. Instead, nitrogen went into his muscles and it lodged in bags that can not be extracted because they are firmly attached to his flesh. Nitrogen bags that have not only transformed his body by adding 30 kilos of weight, but also produce pain and some disability.

 

"I did not die, but I swelled," says Ramos. The strange thing is that the nitrogen got into his muscles and lodged in bags that can not be extracted because they are firmly attached to his flesh.

Alejandro was then 51 years old (today he is 55). At first he felt small discomforts, but it did not matter to them. "In the end, the nitrogen was accumulating in my body and the results began to be seen," he said. Her back was deformed, her shoulders and breasts too. Today his appearance is like those of those body-builders who inject oil and end up inflated. "I thought I was going to explode," he added.

Alejandro's case is unique. A team of doctors from the Peruvian Society of Hyperbaric Medicine have been studying the case for some years. The option of extracting the nitrogen bags with surgery does not seem so easy. Meanwhile, for Alejandro there is only the relief offered by the hyperbaric chamber. According to the doctor, he needs at least 100 sessions more of hyperbaric chamber to detoxify the blood and eliminate the bubbles of nitrogen in addition to surgery.

A case that we will follow with interest and that we wish Alejandro to recover well and as soon as possible.

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