By Matt Agorist
In December, Nicole and Ernie Nunez brought their beautiful baby girl, Amylea, into the world. However, when they brought her home, things quickly took a turn for the worst.
“About a day after we went home from delivery is when she had her first seizure,” Nicole said. “She has a rare form of epilepsy. They don’t know exactly the type.”
For the past two months, the Nunez family has been desperately trying to treat their daughter’s condition. Doctors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the family is from, were unable to find a cause and unable to treat young Amylea. So, the family has fled to Colorado.
Nicole stays at the hospital in Aurora while Ernie drives back and forth to take care of the couple’s other children and to work.
At the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, doctors continued the drug cocktail in an attempt to stop the horrible seizures, but these medications are not without side-effects.
“The medication she’s on is hard for her liver, and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not so bad on her body,” Ernie said, explaining why the couple has decided to use cannabis oil.
When the family heard about the seemingly miraculous effects of the cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web, they became hopeful and set out to get it for their daughter.
Charlotte’s Web is a strain of cannabis named after a young girl, Charlotte Figi, whose life it quite literally saved. Charlotte had her first seizure when she was three months old. Over the next few months, she had frequent seizures lasting two to four hours, and she was hospitalized repeatedly.
But her parents found a strain of cannabis that turned their daughter’s suffering completely around. Since then, countless other children have had their lives saved by this amazing plant.
“I sat for a good three weeks fighting with the doctors and trying to talk them into giving me the okay,” Nicole said. “I’ve been working with the case study team and the neurology team here at children’s and I’m hopeful this will work.”
This week, doctors finally agreed to let the cannabis oil into the hospital to treat Amylea.
“For us to get the approval for us to administer it while she in the NICU while she’s a patient…it’s kind of like a miracle,” Nicole said. “Because they were completely against it saying, ‘No you can’t do it, you have to wait until she’s an out-patient.”
Even though the doctors gave the approval to treat Amylea with the oil, they won’t administer it to her, so the family has done it themselves.
Amylea has only had a handful of doses, but her parents say the nurses have already noticed a positive change.
According to the family, Amylea is the first and youngest patient to ever receive cannabis oil as a treatment in a hospital.
The significance of cannabis oil being used to treat an infant in a hospital should not be overlooked. What this move effectively illustrates is that cannabis is a viable medical option, and its current classification by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug is as absurd as it is immoral.
The Free Thought Project recently reported on the findings of a study that showed cannabis oil to be a highly effective treatment for intractable epilepsy.
Of 261 patients given CBD treatment, 45% experienced a significant reduction in seizure frequency, and 9% were seizure-free at three months. Some children continued to experience benefits after the trial ended, even one year after.
When the same amazing plant that has cured cancer, saved the lives of epileptic children, and treated countless others, is being used in a hospital in one state, while being the cause for kidnapping and imprisonment by police in another state, something must be done.
Those who continue to lock people in cages for possessing this plant would be wise to refuse further orders to do so. If police wish to be on the right side of history, they should not wait for legislation to tell them to stop kidnapping and caging people for a plant, they should simply stop doing it.
When ‘just doing your job’ violates the rights of non-violent, peaceful people, some of who only want to save the lives of their children, it’s time to question the validity of that job.
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Healthy Holistic Living Editor’s Update:
Today Amylea is back home in New Mexico with her family and doing quite well, however, now she is fighting a different battle…Now Amylea’s new fight, along with thousands of other New Mexicans enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program, is finding the medicine that her mother says ‘saved my daughter’s life.’ Amylea’s mother, Nicole Nunez, is suing the New Mexico Department of Health claiming the strict plant count producers are allowed to grow cannot meet the needs of all the patients in the state. (Source)
The Department of Health said it can’t comment on pending litigation but said the program has increased its number of licensed producers in the state, adding 12 this year for a total of 35. It has also increased the number of plants producers are allowed to grow from 150 to 450. There are currently 28,927 patients enrolled in the program. Right now the Nunez family travels back and forth to Colorado to buy their hemp oil, even though [a spokesman for Ultra Health, one of the state’s medical marijuana producers with six dispensaries around New Mexico] said he’d be able to make enough to meet their needs if the state allowed him to. (Source)
A Santa Fe District Court judge listened to testimony from both sides in August 2017 and is set to announce a decision by November 2017. (Source)