Potato chip producers and Grateful Dead fans have always believed, but a desperate mother in Airdrie never thought she’d be calling marijuana a miracle.
The cries of “mama, mama” from Sarah Wilkinson’s living room are all she needs to believe — that, and seeing her disabled eight-year-old daughter Mia going from 100 seizures a day to just seven in the past eight months.
“Her first seizure was 29 minutes after birth — it was absolutely terrifying,” said Wilkinson.
“From there I was thrust into the world of seizure disorders. At first I thought it would resolve itself, and then the doctor sat us down and told us it was terminal.”
Mia was born with Ohtahara syndrome, an extremely rare epilepsy syndrome usually caused by a brain abnormality, and typically fatal within the first two years of life.
Children who survive longer, like Mia, are severely disabled.