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As cannabidiol (CBD) oil continues to become a more prominent treatment option for newly born babies with severe illnesses, like epilepsy, the news cycle also reveals more and more devastating tales about barely born children fighting for their lives.

Although there are many happy examples of cases in which targeted cannabinoid therapies, like CBD oil, significantly improved the life of a child, unfortunately it is not a cure-all and sometimes these stories do not have happy endings.

Eight-month-old Mary Jane Pierce passed away from natural causes on Friday February 19 while being treated with CBD oil at the B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

This article was written in loving memory of Mary Jane Pierce.

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Born prematurely at just 25 weeks, Mary Jane Pierce suffered from “serious health problems, including brain bleeding, cerebral palsy, and severe seizures.” At such a young age, Mary Jane was at the center of controversy regarding the use of CBD oil in Canadian hospitals. Her parents, Michelle and Justin, experienced benefits in the treatment of their own epilepsy using cannabis oil, so they fought to be able to give it to Mary Jane.

Being so young and so ill doctors did not believe Mary Jane would survive and they wanted to remove her from life support. As a result, Michelle and Justin were forced to file a temporary injunction to keep Mary Jane on life support. They won the injunction, but were relieved to drop it in September because her health was improving with the use of CBD oil. Although there was improvement, ultimately, Mary Jane was not able to overcome her health obstacles.

Sadly, Mary Jane isn’t the only infant fighting for his or her life with cannabis oil therapy. Just recently, a two-month-old in Colorado with a very severe, rare form of epilepsy became one of the youngest marijuana patients in the United States.

While cannabinoid therapies have the potential to heal or improve the conditions of some children (and adult)s, just as with any medicine, sometimes the obstacles are too much to overcome.

Bernie Canter

Image via CBC.CA

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