Charlotte Figi, 6, suffered from debilitating seizures until she was recently introduced to cannabis oil, which has lead to a dramatic improvement in her cognitive functions and has lessened her seizures.
"I literally see Charlotte's brain making connections that haven't been made in years," said Matt Figi, Charlotte’s father, in an interview with CNN. "My thought now is, why were we the ones that had to go out and find this cure?”
Charlotte suffered her first seizure in 2006 when she was 3 months old and was eventually diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Charlotte’s parents then discovered a boy with Dravet who had been helped by low-level THD medical marijuana, and pursued the treatment.
According to MSN, Charlotte was 5 when her parents discovered the treatment, which discouraged most doctors from prescribing it.
“Everyone said no, no, no, no, no, and I kept calling and calling," said Paige Figi, Charlotte’s mother.
Colorado physician Margeret Gedde finally agreed to research the case saying that after Charlotte’s many encounters with near death experiences, the risks of cannabis seemed insignificant.
Alan Shackleford, the second doctor to approve Charlotte’s treatment, initially had reservations about giving a medical marijuana license to the youngest applicant in Colorado, but admitted that the family had tried every other option.
Charlotte’s seizures now occur only once a day and usually in her sleep. She is able to eat, walk and ride her bicycle without help.
Another 41 patients have now been treated with the low-THC marijuana strand, which doctors call “Charlotte’s Web” after its first young patient.