COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A North
Carolina mother and her 7-year-old daughter recently moved to Colorado Springs in search of a cure for severe epilepsy.
Liz Gorman says her daughter, Maddie, is in desperate need of relief.
"We had a miserable Thanksgiving and a miserable 7th birthday for Maddie because her seizures were so severe, and it was hard watching her go downhill like that," said Liz.
The Gormans moved from North Carolina on December
19th so Maddie could legally take a form of medicinal marijuana.
Her dose is small - just three drops a day - but it's effective.
"She's definitely more alert and aware and just a little bit better at communicating," said Liz.
We first introduced you to the Gormans back in November.
They'd been fighting for a
chance to use a specific strain of marijuana to help reduce Maddie's hundreds
of seizures a day.
The strain known as Charlotte's Web is said to have an insignificant amount of THC that gives people that high feeling.
starting medication just two weeks ago, Maddie's daily seizures have
dramatically decreased and she's able to chew food again, something she forgot
how to do just three weeks ago.
Although this is working for Maddie, doctors warn against trying untested experimental
"Right now, there is no evidence but it certainly has sparked interest
and we really ought to do research on it," said Dr. Cynthia
Kuhn, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical
Liz and her
husband, whose job has forced him to stay in North Carolina, are hoping for the
"We'd love to see it legalized in North Carolina so we can come home."
says she and Maddie will stay in Colorado if the medication continues to work.
If it doesn't, they'll move back to North Carolina and work to change the law
here for other kids.
medication costs $250 for a three month
supply of the drug.
WFMY News 2