Before she was five years old,Charlotte Figi stopped laughing. While the average child laughs around 300 times a day, Charlotte temporarily lost her ability to communicate due to a rare and severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome.
Dravet syndrome affects roughly 1 in 30,000 infants around the globe. Though most Dravet patients begin their lives as healthy children, development quickly begins to regress after the first few months.
Intense seizures overtake children as young as three months old. These seizures cause them to lose consciousness and convulse for up to a few hours at a time.
After years of rushed trips to the emergency room, the Figis were desperate. Between unexpected complications, experimental medications, being told that theyve reached the end of the line, they had experienced it all. When there were seemingly out of options, the family finally made a life changing decision.
What they didnt know was that their choice would ultimately spur a social movement and, more importantly, bring their daughter back to life. The Figis decided to treat their daughter with cannabidiol (CBD), one of the primary compounds found in the marijuana plant.