For the first time, a hospital in Colorado is allowing parents to give cannabis oil to their epileptic infant while the child is undergoing in-patient care. Two-month-old Amylea Nunez has suffered around 15 seizures a day since she was born, and as the baby fights for her life, her parents have turned to cannabis in an attempt to find relief from the seizures.
A day after she came home from the hospital where she was born in December, Nunez’s seizures started. She’s been in hospitals ever since, and her parents say that her heart even stopped twice, requiring resuscitation. They worry that the medications she is taking are damaging her liver and causing other harmful side effects, so they wanted to try cannabis.
Initially, the doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora refused to allow Nunez’s parents to give her cannabidiol oil, or CBD, while the infant was checked into the hospital, but eventually they relented. “I sat for a good three weeks fighting with the doctors and trying to talk them into giving me the okay,” Amylea’s mother Nicole Nunez told KRQE Albuquerque. “I’ve been working with the case study team and the neurology team here at Children’s and I’m hopeful this will work.”