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PCCSF’S DR. ALLAN GREISSMAN ON NATIONAL TV SHOW THE DOCTORS

Inhaling helium may be a fun party trick, but the popular activity can have some serious consequences – it can even be deadly. A nine-year old PCCSF patient recently learned of the consequences firsthand.

Dr. Allan Greissman treated the patient after arriving at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for a seizure. He joined the panels of experts from the national television show The Doctors to share her story, as well as the hidden dangers associated with inhaling helium. We’re happy to report that the patient made a full recovery.

Watch and learn more on TheDoctorsTV .

PCCSF’s Dr. Allan Greissman Discusses the Dangers of Inhaling Helium with Local 10

At some point, most people have sucked helium out of a balloon to make their voices squeaky. The seemingly harmless party trick – which is especially popular among children – is anything but.

When someone inhales helium, their body cannot absorb oxygen which causes asphyxiation. Helium toxicity is not a common problem, but when it does happen, the results can be serious and even life-threatening.

Nine-year-old Tuesdai Joyner learned the dangers of this activity first-hand while at a birthday party last month. After inhaling helium to make her voice squeaky, she collapsed and suffered a seizure. Dr. Allan Greissman of Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida shared Tuesdai’s story, and the dangers of inhaling helium, with Local 10.

Hear what he had to say here.