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Former Virginia Beach police officer hit by drunk driver finishes treatment

Posted at 8:17 PM, Nov 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-11 20:17:02-05

Norfolk, Va. (WTKR) - A former Virginia Beach police officer, suffering from a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver, has finished 40 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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.

On Veterans Day, Marriner completed his final treatment and says the differences in his life have been noticeable.

"I would say the drop in the number and severity of headaches and the addition of actual sleep, to me that was a big difference," Marriner told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Tuesday.

"You feel like you’ve come out of a fog. You don’t have all the daily confusion. You can actually live life without working at it so hard," he continued.

Staff at Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy held a fundraiser to help cover the cost of Marriner's treatment since his insurance wouldn't pay for it.

NewsChannel 3 viewers also Took Action and Got Results.

"The words 'thank you' don’t even cover remotely the feelings that I have and that my wife has," Marriner said.

"It’s very rewarding getting to see them coming in and having them leave a different person and happy," Sarah Stoltman-Miller with Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy commented.

Now with relief finally coming after nine years, Marriner is excited for what's next and to share his message of hope with others.

"There are people out in the world who are willing to help you. Keep trying. Keep pushing. Find the right people. Get the help you need."