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Glyndon author's story may hit the big screen

A Glyndon, Minn., woman who wrote a book about her experience with hyperbaric healing has become a popular speaker and may even see her story depicted on the big screen.

Jean Mahlum was featured in a May 16 Forum story in which she talked about how five months of hyperbaric oxygen treatments at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, saved her right foot from amputation.

Her odyssey began in 2000 when a simple misstep broke a bone in her foot. Undetected by X-rays, the fracture would lead to a triple bone infection and severe bone loss.

Mahlum received numerous surgeries and found little relief - until an insurance nurse recommended hyperbaric treatment to her.

She wrote about her journey in a self-published book titled "God Bless Minneapolis: Looking Above at Blessings" (CBE Publishing, $17.95). A book launch/signing was held Oct. 27 at the Hennepin Medical Center.

While at the signing, Mahlum says she met an independent filmmaker who is making a movie about the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. He expressed interest in directing a film based on Mahlum's story.

She also was featured as the only nonphysician speaker at the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine's Annual Conference in Milwaukee in October and as a speaker on wound healing at the International Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Symposium in Irvine, Calif.