Nicole and Ernie Nunez first brought Amylea home from the hospital last December. But for the new parents, life took a quick and unexpected turn.
“About a day after we went home from delivery is when she had her first seizure,” Nicole said in an interview with USA Health Times. “She has a rare form of epilepsy. They don’t know exactly the type.”
For months, Nicole and Ernie tried desperately to find a treatment that would help their daughter’s condition. Conventional medications—administered at the Children’s Hospital in Aurora—abated the seizures to a degree, but they became considered with the potential 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.
The family decided to move to Colorado. There, Amylea received treatments with cannabis oil.
“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.”
Nevertheless, doctors agreed to allow Nicole and Ernie to administer the oil themselves. After just a handful of doses, parents and nurses both notice positive changes.
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.