Annalise Lujan was in the middle of a gymnastics meet in April when she started vomiting and lost all feeling in her legs.
As the 12-year-old fell into a crippling seizure, her parents rushed her to the hospital, and she was put into a medically induced coma to save her brain from damage.
Annalise was then flown to a specialist unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare epilepsy syndrome, known as febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES).
The condition causes Annalise to have seizures continuously, which can lead to brain injury and even death. It meant doctors couldn’t bring her out of the coma until they had an effective method to prevent her seizures.
Because regular anti-epilepsy medication doesn’t work on this condition, her mother Maryann Estrada-Lujan researched other options.
She found a cannabis-derived drug, called cannabidiol, and Annalise was able to be brought out of the