Treatment starts for former Virginia Beach police officer hit by drunk driver

Posted at 7:51 PM, Sep 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-20 10:47:37-04

Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) - A former Virginia Beach police officer has now started receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help him heal from being hit by a drunk driver nine years ago.

NewsChannel 3 first brought you Ted Marriner's story in early September.

Read about it here: New hope for Virginia Beach Police Officer hit by a drunk driver.

Since that story aired, enough money was raised for Marriner to begin receiving the treatment that is not covered by his insurance.

"After so many years of no hope for any type of change in your situation, to have folks who don’t know you, don’t know what you’re about, have no idea about your previous life, to give their hard earned money to try and help you out it’s a very humbling and pretty awesome," Marriner told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Friday.

So far, Marriner has received 5 treatments and is already starting to see results.

"I can already see a little clearer; you know my vision is definitely more reactive to what I’m trying to do with it," he said.

He's also sleeping better.

"Most nights, I would get maybe 2 hours of sleep all night long. Now it seems like once I go to sleep, I am sleeping through the night."

With more treatments at Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy scheduled, Marriner is hopeful even more relief is ahead.

"To see even minor changes already start occurring it’s like what more do I have to look forward to and it gives you a little bit of hope. Positive feelings about something maybe starting to happen so it gives you that hope and positive outlook that maybe something is going to give you some relief and somewhat normal of a life"