At the end of last year, Nicole and Ernie Nunez had a beautiful baby girl. Like most parents, they were elated and excited to face all the challenges that parenting has to offer. However, one day following Amylea Faith’s birth, things took a sad turn for the worse.
“About a day after we went home from delivery is when she had her first seizure,” Nicole said. “She has a rare form of epilepsy. They don’t know exactly the type.”
For several months, the Nunez family has desperately sought solutions to help their baby girl live a normal life. They visited several Doctors around their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, but it was to no avail. They inevitably moved to Colorado to seek out better medical help.
The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado continued to deliver a harsh, toxic drug cocktail into the child. The side effects were blistering enough that Nicole would have to stay at the hospital with Amylea Faith while her husband would go take care of the other children.
“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.
According to an article on The Free Thought Project, the family was in a state of desperation. It was then they heard about a cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web. They oil is named after Charlotte Figi, who is a little girl who had her life saved by the oil. Charlotte went from having seizures lasting 2 to 4 hours to none at all after taking the cannabis oil.
The cannabis oil was finally approved in the case of Amylea Faith.
“I sat for a good three weeks fighting with the doctors and trying to talk them into giving me the okay,” Nicole said. “I’ve been working with the case study team and the neurology team here at children’s and I’m hopeful this will work.”
“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.”
After only a few doses, nurses are stating that the little girl is already doing better.
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.
A GoFundMe has been set up in the family’s name.