Medical marijuana spray: A gift of hope for Taupo girl’s third birthday

By November 29, 2016 Recent News

Stuff 28 November 2016
Medical marijuana is giving a Taupo two-year-old a new lease on life, but it comes with a hefty cost.

At just three years old Elyse Johnson has become the youngest girl to be given Ministry of Health approval for Sativex to treat a tumour.

It’s an oral spray containing cannabis extracts in a metered dose.

Elyse has an aggressive strain of brain tumour, the size of a golf ball, called diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.

It causes her nausea, dizziness and limits her ability to walk. The tumour is too large to be operated on.

Over the course of the year Elyse has lost the ability to walk, talk and can have trouble eating.
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