In December, Nicole and Ernie Nunez brought their beautiful baby girl, Amylea, into the world. 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. She has a rare form of epilepsy, but they don’t know the type,” Nicole said.
For the past two months, the Nunez family has been 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, the family ended up fleeing 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 effort to stop the horrible seizures, but these medications were not without side effects.
“The medication she is on is hard for her liver, and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not bad on her body,” Ernie 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, who’s life it quite literally saved. Charlotte has her first seizure when she was theee months old. Over the next few months, she had frequent seizures lasting two to four hours, and she was hospitalized repeatedly.
Her parents found a strain that turned their daughter’s suffering completely around. Since then, countless other children had their lives saved by this amazing plant.
Amylea has only had a handful of doses of CBD oil given by her parents since the hospital won’t administer it. 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.
Healthy Holistic Living Editor’s Update:
Today Amylea is back home in New Mexico with her family and is doing quite well. Now she is fighting a different battle. Amylea’s new fight, along with thousands of New Mexicans enrolled in the states 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 producers are allowed to grow cannot meet the need ms of all the patients in the state.
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) said he’d be able to make enough to meet their needs if the state allowed him to.