Ohio woman uproots family so daughter can get medical marijuana in Colorado

Ohio woman uproots family so daughter can get medical marijuana in Colorado

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CINCINNATI — When WLWT investigator Todd Dykes first met Scarlett Leisure’s daughter, Savannah, the 3-year-old little girl was a bundle of playful energy. "Amazing," Savannah’s mom said back in May. "We were told she’d never walk, and she’s walking." In the months since that initial interview, Savannah has learned to run and climb stairs, remarkable accomplishments for a little girl who has a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy. "She’s definitely completely different than what the doctors thought she would be," Leisure said. Leisure, who considers her daughter a medical miracle, said cannabis deserves all the credit. Dykes spoke to Leisure this week via FaceTime from her new home in Colorado Springs. "We would like to come home for family-wise," she said. But Leisure appears to have left her family in Highland County, Ohio, for good. That’s because she said Savannah is receiving the kind of care she never received at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital. "After being here and how much better Savannah’s quality of life is in Colorado, we won’t be coming back," Leisure said. Leisure said Savannah’s doctors in the Queen City prescribed seizure medications like Topamax, phenobarbital, and gabapentin. She said the doctors gave Savannah those heavy and addictive drugs even though they knew cannabis oil helped Savannah go seizure-free for weeks on end. "Even when they knew she was on it, we just didn’t talk about it, and that was pretty much it," Leisure said. Compare that silence to a scene Leisure shared on Facebook from a Colorado hospital room. Savannah, who still has seizures on occasion, had to be admitted to the hospital in August. About 30 seconds after Leisure gave her daughter nasal spray containing cannabis, Savannah’s body calmed down. "It hasn’t been a fight with any of the doctors (in Colorado)," Leisure said. […]

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