AURORA, Colo. – Some Rio Grande Valley parents are coming forward with a confession. They’re giving their daughter marijuana.
Madelynn Garza is not 2 years old yet. She suffers from several neurological disorders that keep her from developing like a normal child. Her parents have found cannabis is helping her more than any prescribed medicine they’ve tried.
“The first time I came to Colorado was in a moving truck,” Madelynn’s father, Emmanuel Garza, said.
Emmanuel and Tracey Garza picked up and moved from Sullivan City, Texas to Aurora, Colorado seven months ago with their three children. They made the move for Madelynn to have access to medical marijuana.
“It’s the best thing we could have done for her,” Tracey Garza said.
MADELYNN’S LAST HOPE
Madelynn has a rare disorder called Aicardi Syndrome. She’s missing her corpus collosum, the tissue that connects the right and left halves of the brain.
Her parents received the diagnosis after Madelynn started having infantile spasms when she was just 2 months old.
“Her seizures were pretty intense,” Tracey Garza said. “And I’m not exaggerating, hundreds a day, to where she would seize and just fall asleep.”
Doctors prescribed drug after drug to ease Madelynn’s seizures. Some drugs weren’t effective, and others came with harmful side effects.
“Like she was always asleep, like a zombie, just sleeping… We found out she was close to having kidney failure,” Tracey explained.
The Garzas started researching marijuana as a treatment. The plant has helped children with all types of neurological conditions,