A DROMORE woman is seeking to establish a new charity which will fund a hyperbaric oxygen chamber for the Omagh area.
Venita Nestor believes strongly in the “healing powers” of hyperbaric therapy after she underwent over 20 sessions of the treatment herself and noticed “phenomenal” results.
Venita now wants local people to avail of such beneficial medical care without having to travel long distances and pay excessively for its
She has organised a public meeting in Omagh tonight (Thursday) in a bid to generate support for a new charity to fund a local hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
“Having it run through a charity would mean it will be available to everyone in the community, and everyone could access it,” explained Venita.
“It’s a very clean, healthy way to treat yourself.”
Oxygen plays a key role in healing, helping to repair damaged organs and tissues as well as generating new stem cells.
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) involves users entering a pressurised chamber for an hour and breathing pure oxygen through a mask.
It can be used to treat many medical conditions including cancer, fibromyalgia and asthma to name but a few.
Venita said she noticed “significant results” both physically and mentally after undergoing the treatment during her illness nine years ago.
“My energy levels increased, my skin improved, everything was just amazing,” she said.
Although there are facilities in the North which provide access to the oxygen treatment, the closest hyperbaric chamber is over 50 miles away in Newry, a distance which Venita stresses is “not viable”.
“It can be a costly and draining experience,” she explained.
“It’s common sense really to have one here.”
The purpose of tonight’s meeting, which takes place at Omagh Community House, is to generate support for Venita’s initiative.
Her hope is to form a charity which would fund a chamber in Omagh, subsidising the cost of treatment to around £20 per session compared to the current £60, and in turn reducing unnecessary travel.
• The public meeting commences tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm.
Posted: 4:30 pm May 9, 2019