Grant Virgin will be subject of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s special report on CNN

January 17th, 2014 | by Denise Goolsby | Comments

Grant Virgin hands out presents to patients in the physical therapy recovery ward at children’s hospital of Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2013. Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun

Grant Virgin, the Palm Desert teen who was nearly killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in September 2012, will be the subject of a special CNN weekend report presented by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Gupta, who will discuss the healing properties of fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids in brain injuries during a two-part series airing Saturday and Sunday, will feature Virgin as one of those patients who have benefited from high doses of the acids, which are vital for normal metabolism.

Virgin’s family credits fish oil with healing the teen’s badly injured brain.

Gupta promoted the series Friday night on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

(VIDEO: Dr. Sanjay Gupta profiles a family who tried everything to save their dying son’s brain. What they say worked: fish oil)

“It can prevent cells from dying,” Gupta said, explaining some of the benefits of Omega-3. “It can also act as an anti-inflammatory in the brain – very important, inflammation being a big culprit after a head injury. The brain itself, if you look at it, about a third of it is actually made up of substances that are very similar to Omega-3 fatty acids … so essentially, you’re trying to replace the very substance that the brain is comprised of.”

(What do you think: Can fish oil and Omega-3 fatty acids help heal someone after a brain injury?)

The special report will air at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Pacific Time.

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