In 2010, SABA Button was left disabled by a “faulty flu shot.” She was awarded millions of dollars in damages following dramatic and public litigation that put on display a severely disabled girl who, prior to a flu shot, led a completely normal life as a toddler. The Fluvax was proven to have sent Button into a state of hypoxic brain injury. As well, her kidneys failed. She’s confined to a bed and needs 24-hour a day care. She was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Now, Button is taking medical marijuana to help her cope with her cerebral palsy. Medical cannabis was recently approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Today, the flu shot is no longer approved for children of such young ages. That sadly doesn’t change anything for Button, but hopefully, the medical marijuana offers some semblance of relief.
As it stands, Button uses sedatives as a way to deal with up to 15 seizures per day. Medical marijuana has often been shown to help reduce seizure activity, particularly in children, something the Button family certainly hopes happens in this case.
SABA’s mom, Kirsten, says she hopes this means a severe reducting in using the harsh sedatives.
“The benefits are that we will be able to move away from using the more sedating anticonvulsants, which is particularly important when you’re working really hard on her rehabilitation,” she said.
“When they are alert and there is more communication, that’s when growth and development can occur in the brain.
“The way we look at it, the medicinal cannabis doesn’t have the THC which is the psychoactive component and can’t do any harm, and might have some real benefits.”
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