NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- North Salem resident Kate Hintz never expected to find herself advocating for the legalization of medicinal marijuana, but that's exactly where she is.
Hintz's first child, Morgan, was born in 2011 with a large deletion on her second chromosome. One of the effects of this deletion is Dravet syndrome, a rare and catastrophic epilepsy for which there is no cure.
Hintz, like many other families continues to try and contain the seizures in her child with a cocktail of medications. Morgan now has a feeding tube because she can not eat, nor can she stand on her own, or play with any toys.
A recent documentary on CNN by Dr. Sanjay Gupta has shown that there is a surge of interest in controlling seizures with the use of medicinal marijuana.
Hintz then discovered that there are patients, children in particular, seeing amazing reductions in seizure activity using a form of medicinal marijuana. These specifically grown plants contain only trace amounts of THC.
The side effects? Increased appetite, improved sleep patterns, improved gait/balance, better overall cognitive function and a reduction on the number of daily medications.
When Hintz discovered that New York University was engaging in a study about the effect that medicinal marijuana can have on pediatric seizures, her mind was made up.
Hintz now finds herself on a crusade to potentially save the life of her daughter, if only she can get the lawmakers to see things her way in time.
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