What would you do if your child had a serious illness and the only treatment that would stop her pain was illegal?
Two-year-old Jaelah Jerger has epilepsy, and as a baby her tiny body was wracked with up to 30 seizures a day. Her parents tried a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but it didn’t work.
“Every time she has a seizure,” said her dad, Jade Jerger, his voice catching, “to me it’s like watching part of her life slip away.”
“Helpless doesn’t begin to describe [how it feels],” said her mother, Lelah.
The Jergers decided to try a remedy they’d learned about on the internet, an extract from the cannabis plant called cannabidiol, or CBD. Advocates of the oil say it can help with schizophrenia, anxiety, cancer — and epilepsy.
According to the Jergers, CBD’s impact was immediate. Within a week, Jaelah’s seizures were largely gone. It was the miracle they’d dreamed of.