Modern medicine has helped Laura Campbell’s 27-year-old daughter, Sierra, fight off many of her persistent seizures. At her peak, Sierra suffered from more than three seizures a day. Now, she’s down to one or two per month.
But the gains come with their own frustrations.
“She takes five pills twice a day, plus more if she needs an emergency supplement in case of a seizure. It damages her brain every time she has [a seizure]. Her IQ has gone down and her neurological functions are suffering,” Campbell said, trailing off between tears. “With every seizure she has, it just gets worse for her.”
Now, Campbell, an Austin resident, is hoping she can wean her daughter off the “harsh” meds and turn to cannabis oil instead. That treatment was legalized in 2015, and a dispensary in Schulenburg made its first delivery of the oil to a young Texas child last week.
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But as dispensaries are opening, Texans like Campbell’s daughter might still have a hard time getting access to the oil from marijuana plants right off the bat. Currently, fewer than 20 doctors across the state are registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety to prescribe it.
Sierra Cruz, now 27, during her last long-term hospital stay. Cruz got intracranial monitoring to see if she was a candidate for brain surgery after prescription medication and a VNS implant failed to control her seizures. Courtesy of Laura Campbell
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