A bill allowing the use of cannabis oil for treatment of certain medical conditions is one step from becoming Kentucky law.
The oil, extracted from marijuana and hemp plants, is giving a Hopkinsville family hope for their infant daughter.
Six-month-old Clara Gilliam was born a healthy, nine-pound, nine-ounce baby girl. But at three months, her behavior started to baffle her parents, Jerry and Julie Gilliam."She started to have what appeared to just be constipation or stomach aches, but her eyes were deviating to the sides, and as a mom, you just know when something's not normal," explained Gilliam.
There was something more to the strange postures and facial movements. Baby Clara was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome, a rare disease affecting only 800 people in the U.S., and all of them females. It turned out that Clara was having seizures.
Julie Gilliam sat in her Hopkinsville home last week, rocking Clara and giving her a bottle. Her contentment was cut short.
"She's starting to have a seizure right now. It looks like it will be a mild cluster," Gilliam remarked. Sometimes in between the spasms she's crying and all you can do is hold her and comfort her, but it doesn't get any easier as a parent."