A 12-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy has stopped suffering from life-threatening seizures after doctors treated her with cannabis oil.
Annalise Lujan, from Tucson in the US state of Arizona, was participating in a gymnastics competition on 2 April when she was suddenly unable to walk, according to her mother Maryann Lujan.
The next morning, she was struck with seizures and rushed to intensive care where she was hooked onto a ventilator and put into a medical coma, KVOA reported.
Doctors at Phoenix Chidren’s Hospital have since diagnosed the young girl with a form of epilsepy known as Febrile Infection-Related Epilepsy Syndrome (Fires). The disease affects only one in one million children.
The condition generally strikes children of school age, who suddenly suffer up to hundreds of seizures a day within a fortnight of contracting a mild febrile illness, like a cough or cold, according to the US charity RareDiseases.org.