Marijuana saving My Daughter's Life: Greater Cincinnati Woman

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on May 20, 2018.

Scarlett Leisure of Greater Cincinnati has claimed that marijuana is saving her daughter's life.

According to Leisure, her 3-year-old daughter, Savannah, was born with a rare disorder that causes what she calls a "catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy."

She claimed that there are only roughly less than 100 girls around the globe with the disorder Savannah has.

“Seizures were the norm during the first eight months of Savannah's life. She was always on Topamax, Keppra and Phenobarbital which had made her lifeless."

However, after knowing about medical marijuana to treat seizures in kids, Leisure started giving Savannah a legal oil derived from marijuana called cannibidiol, or CBD. Leisure also gives her minor daughter small amounts of THC, the ingredient in pot that's been illegal at the federal level for decades.

Speaking about the outcome of medical marijuana Leisure said, "We were told Savannah would never walk in her life. However, after we gave her legal oil derived from marijuana she started walking . It's life-saving medicine. It's why Savannah is here today, why Savannah is functioning, why she's playing, why she laughs. It's, yeah, it's everything, the reason she's living."

Leisure calls her family medical refugees and makes sure Savannah has a steady supply of medical marijuana for her use. But, she's also worried about staying in her Highland County home as members of the medical community in Greater Cincinnati have threatened to remove Savannah from the area since she doesn’t take anti-seizure drugs anymore.

"The fact that they would even threaten that is crazy because I would do anything to make sure Savannah has the best life she can possibly have," Leisure said.

Savannah and her parents, after getting helpful information from an organization called the Flowering Hope Foundation, have now left for Colorado Springs, where people dealing with similar medical issues have formed a community to support one another.

Leisure is hopeful that her daughter would get better in Colorado Springs, even mentally, as she will come across with many people in the community with similar medical issues.

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