COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Children and adults with a severe and complex form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome can have hundreds of seizures each day.
A cannabis-derived treatment studied at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is showing impressive results in reducing those seizures, bringing hope to families. It’s a part of an international study, with 30 centers participating in the U.S. and Europe.
“Marissa started smiling again with the medication,” said Ronda Parsons. “She’s herself now. She’s back to where she was before all of these seizures took their toll on her.”
Ronda’s 21-year-old daughter, Marissa Parsons, suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
“She would literally wake up and just seize and seize and seize,” said Ronda.
As a baby, Marissa experienced 50-100 seizures per day.
“They’re holding their breath and you can’t get them to breathe. It’s like everything has shut down in their brain and they’re seizing,” said Ronda. “It was scary. She was my first child, so it was very scary