Radio NZ 11 June 2015
Eight-year-old Charlotte Figi of Colorado has severe epilepsy, but her seizures were virtually eliminated in 2013 after she was given a low THC form of cannabis oil.
Her case has lead to a huge upsurge in the use of cannabis oil as a treatment for epilepsy in the US, as well as research into its effectiveness.
Charlotte Figi’s condition is similar to that of Nelson teenager Alex Renton, who is in an induced coma for status epilepticus, which causes repeat seizures.
He is to be treated with cannabis oil after Wellington hospital was given special one off permission, as all other treatments have failed.
Alex’s mother Rose Renton said it had been a battle to get this recognised treatment approved but finally the doctors have accepted use of cannabis oil might be her son’s only hope.