The Daily Mail published an article on a dad giving his daughter, diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, medical cannabis, presumably CBD oil, for seizures.
Father charged for possession says no dad can watch his daughter die.
Katelyn has not suffered a single seizure since her dad, Michael Lambert, started treating her with ‘life-saving’ medicinal cannabis. He maintains that breaking the law was his only option, as each of the thousands of seizures Katelyn suffered caused her brain damage, and any one of them could have been fatal. She was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome at six months old.
She has not been hospitalized since her dad started importing cannabis paste from Denmark 10 months ago. Even though he might be sentenced to prison on the charges of possession against him, Michael said it was his only option.
He said in an interview with Channel Nine that any law which expects a father to watch his daughter die, is stupid, and needs to be changed.
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Grandpa sponsors research
Grandfather Barry Lambert, a Sydney financier supports his son’s decision despite the charges against him, and said: “We are just doing what is right.” He donated $33.7 million to research at the University of Sydney looking into the treatment, and it is considered one of the greatest private grants to medical research in the history of Australia.
Katelyn showed improvement from the very first day they started treatment with medical cannabis. Michael didn’t expect these kinds of results, and could hardly believe the improvement. She wasn’t jerking or dribbling anymore. He made it very clear that Katlyn doesn’t get “high,” and he also confirmed Katelyn still takes other medication.
Children with Dravet Syndrome don’t live long
Children with Dravet Syndrome have a low life expectancy, but he says the family has hope. He says cannabis is an amazing plant, and it has given them so much hope that there is a future for Katelyn after all.
Michael says they can see the damage the seizures have done, but her brain is still growing, and she is improving by leaps and bounds. The little NSW Central Coast girl has now got a future. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in the hope that he will be let off on the grounds of medical necessity. He is convinced he is not going to have a criminal record, but that he will win the case.
The longest seizure Katelyn had lasted two-and-a-half-hours and she was hospitalized every few weeks until they started her on medicinal cannabis.
It was like a miracle
It is as if cannabis worked miracles for her. That is why research must be done to understand the science behind the plant, to prove beyond any doubt that it works, and determine the long-term impact, said granddad Barry to the Daily Mail. He also said it is very hurtful to watch a small child suffering as Katelyn had.
Barry, a former Commonwealth Bank executive and chairman of Count Financial, is ranked 145 on a list of the 200 richest in 2014, with a net worth of $350 million.
CBD oil for seizure
The paste that was imported from Denmark can be assumed to be CBD oil as it doesn’t make Katelyn high, and CBD oil for seizures has proved successful in preventing seizures in many reported cases. However, the “justice” system isn’t always fair. It simply follows the law. Will Katelyn’s dad be able to set an important legal precedent?