High praise for hyperbaric chamber

A look inside the hyperbaric chamber in Grand Cayman. – Photo: Art Pasquali.
A look inside the hyperbaric chamber in Grand Cayman. – Photo: Art Pasquali.

I have been visiting the Cayman Islands since 1991. Scuba diving is a passion. I have been diving since age 14. I’m writing this letter to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the care I received in the decompression chamber at the George Town hospital.

I sustained decompression illness on Wednesday, March 30. I was fortunate enough to be in a place where the illness is understood. From the moment I reached the emergency room through all of the treatment, I felt that the physicians and decompression chamber staff were knowledgeable, reassuring and very caring.

When I called Divers Alert Network, they told me I was in the best possible location to treat my problem. I’m happy to report that I have substantially resolved. I’m sure the small remnant of symptoms I have will eventually go away.

I am a practicing neurosurgeon in the United States. I understand the importance of the “human touch” and I very much appreciate the care and concern I was shown. The decompression chamber and staff are truly a Cayman Islands treasure. Its value cannot be overstated.

I will be eternally grateful for the excellent care I received. I have every intention of returning to the Cayman Islands to dive again. I hope not to see the staff of the decompression chamber as a patient. That said, we certainly view them as friends. I wish to specifically thank Dr. Douglas, Dr. Lewis, Richard, Ann, Celine, Peter, Brad, Bradley, Gavin, Aad, Jan, Wendy, David and John. My family and I will always be grateful for their care and concern.

J. William Bookwalter III

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