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Colorado Using Cannabis Oil To Treat Baby's Seizures

| by Sheena Vasani
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Colorado is using cannabis oil to treat a New Mexico baby who suffers from epilepsy.

Two-month-old Amylea Nunez began experiencing seizures almost since the day she was born, reports KRQE.

“About a day after we went home from delivery is when she had her first seizure,” Nicole Nunez, Amylea's mother, told the news station.

The child has a rare form of epilepsy. Doctors do not yet know what specific type it is.

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After New Mexico medical professionals did all they could to help the baby, she was sent to Colorado in December 2015.

Colorado doctors have tried many medications on her but with little success.

“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 Nunez, Amylea's father, said.

While looking for alternatives, they stumbled upon Charlotte’s Web -- a cannabis oil used to treat toddles with epilepsy. The THC level is very low, and it does not make the child high.

The child will be the youngest at the hospital to get the treatment.

“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.'"

However, while they eventually agreed to the request, doctors will not be administering the cannabis oil. Instead, the family must do so.

With only two doses given so far, already nurses say the baby is more alert than usual. The baby will continue to be given the oil for another four months.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe account has been set up to cover the child’s medical expenses.

“As we can only imagine this has been extremely trying on the family,” the fundraising page reads. “The full medical costs for baby Amylea are unknown and the family is exhausting their paid leave from work.”

Nicole currently lives with Amylea full-time in Colorado, KRQE reports. Meanwhile, Ernie works and takes care of their other kids in New Mexico, traveling back and forth.

“It’s been a drastic change,” Ernie told KRQE. “It’s been so hard for all of us.”

Sources: KRQEGoFundMe / Photo Credit: GoFundMe, Andres Rodriguez/Flickr

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