10-year-old Amelia Weaver suffers from a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy, which can leave her with unending bouts of seizures. Amelia’s parents, Josh and Angie, knew they had to find a way to help their child overcome her struggles. When legalization was passed in their home state of Minnesota, the Weavers sought out medical cannabis to aid in their daughter’s battle. The results far surpassed anything the parents’ of the young girl could have hoped for.
It has been nearly a year since Minnesota legalized medical cannabis on July 1, 2015. More than 1,400 patients, 150 of whom are children, have signed up to receive cannabis treatment for conditions like cancer, ALS, and epilepsy. Over 300 patients are using medical cannabis to help tame epileptic seizures, and Amelia Weaver is among the youngest.
Amelia’s story and her improvements since beginning medical cannabis treatment have made her somewhat of a poster child for cannabis patients throughout the state. After using the life-changing herb for less than a year, Amelia has gone from upwards of 30 seizures per day to rarely having one at all.
Having her smile at us and give us eye contact and want to be a part of what we’re doing and not having seizures all day has really been life-changing for Amelia. – Angie Weaver
Josh and Angie Weaver worked tirelessly to ensure their daughter had access to life-saving medical cannabis. There were many struggles and obstacles to overcome. They even chad to choose whether or not to move their family to Colorado where medical cannabis was found easily and in abundance. But the couple never once thought of giving up on their efforts. They knew, despite the political barriers, they had to provide their young daughter with some type of relief.
I definitely found out that while I always want to continue fighting for my daughter that politics is very difficult, and I don’t really have a rose-colored view of politics anymore. – Angie Weaver
Their perseverance and hard work paid off, as Amelia is becoming more and more engaged every day. The Weavers are the true definition of why medical cannabis should be available worldwide – think of the number of lives it could improve globally.
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She Was Dying Pretty Much in Front of Us” – Nine-Year-Old Girl’s Life Saved, 300 Seizures a Day STOPPED Thanks to “Federally Illegal Substance” Cannabis Oil
This little girl would not be alive today if it was not for medical marijuana. At only 10 months old, Tatyana “Tuffy” Rivera was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a severe and rare form of epilepsy.
This disease is both dangerous and debilitating, making it difficult to perform day-to-day activities. It also affects mental development. Tatyana has autism and is unable to speak.
Epilepsy made her suffer over 300 seizures on a daily basis according to her family, including about 30 grand mal seizures (the most common and the most frightening type of seizure). Other types of “drop-seizures” can also seriously injure a person, if one falls and hits their head.
Her parents recorded a few of Tatyana’s seizures and posted them on their YouTube channel to raise awareness of what seizures are like for the child and the parents (recording a seizure can be important in order for the doctors to document what kind of a seizure the person is experiencing).
“They all failed her, or did nothing for her, or sometimes made it worse,” he said.
No medication she tried helped her, and one day a particularly bad seizure made her parents realize that they might lose her. Doctors told them she would not live past her ninth birthday. That’s when they made the decision to try something new – cannabis oil.
“She was pretty much dying in front of us. We decided to try something that has a lot fewer side effects, or more mild ones,” the father said.
The very first day Tatyana was using medical cannabis, she had zero seizures. A seizure-free day had not happened for three years prior to that, the family says. After switching to cannabis, she now only has a seizure once a week to once every three weeks.
She also outlived her doctor’s predictions and celebrated her 10thbirthday.
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