CBD cannabis oil Ireland: Louth mum claims cannabis oil helped her disabled daughter walk

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A mother has claimed medicinal cannabis oil has helped her disabled daughter to walk.

Lynda Bannon said two-year-old Zoe was diagnosed with quadriplegia and cerebral palsy and it had been feared she would remain in a wheelchair for life.

The youngster began using CBD oil just over two weeks ago and the change in her health has been “amazing”.

Lynda, 32, from Dundalk, Co Louth, said: “I could say it’s a coincidence but it’s just too much of a coincidence, so I’m not going to stop using it just in case.

“Since she started using the CBD, Zoe has come alive, she’s talking, her movement has improved so much, she suffers from separation anxiety and even that’s improving – she sees her sisters and wants to go out playing with them.

“The change in her and improvement has just been amazing to see – everyone has noticed.”

Zoe from Dundalk, Co Louth

Lynda added Zoe’s siblings have also played a vital role in the transformation.

She said: “I can’t stress enough she wouldn’t be the child she is without her sisters and it’s made them better people.”

Lynda explained she began to suspect something was amiss with her daughter when she was six months old. She said: “Zoe wasn’t sitting up, she couldn’t clap her hands together, and kept holding her hands together in a fist.

“In my heart I knew something was wrong and you can’t help but look up things on the internet. The maternity nurse referred us to Drogheda Hospital.”

Zoe was initially diagnosed with hip dysplasia and placed into a spike.

Lynda said she still felt this wasn’t the full extent of her mobility problems and she was still unable to speak at
14 months old.

Zoe was referred for an MRI scan of the brain and spine but her back was only checked.

Tests revealed a curved spinal column and after a private MRI scan of her brain the then 21 month old girl was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Lynda said: “We just went numb. Even though I had suspected, when you’re told the words it’s different. We didn’t speak all the way home in the car.”

Zoe with sisters Kayleigh (2nd Left) Brooke (Right) and Teagan (Left)

Zoe was also confirmed as having spastic quadriplegia – the most severe form which means even chewing and swallowing food is difficult.

Lynda admitted it was initially hard for her and partner Eamon to accept.

She said: “We initially were grieving for the baby we thought we were going to have.

“It was very dark at the start,
we were thinking about all the things she couldn’t do.

“Now we focus on all the things she can do.” After noticing Zoe had been making attempts to pull herself upright, Lynda sought the help of a physiotherapist in Navan.

They then received information on a US surgeon who performs selective dorsal rhizotomy operations to remove spasticity.

After meeting the specialist, the family learned Zoe would be a candidate for the procedure in the future.

Lynda explained: “She’s just too young yet, her muscles are developed enough so we’ve been travelling to Scotland for advanced biomedical rehabilitation therapy to help develop core muscles.”

The family hope they will be able to take her to the US for the operation once her muscles develop.

The HSE send suitable candidates to Leeds for a similar operation when they are 12 years old.

However, Zoe is not a candidate which means her parents will be required to fundraise to pay for her surgery.

Lynda said the family are focussed on doing “whatever they can” and continue her ABR treatment in Scotland, hoping the child will get the support for the operation when she is ready to have it.

Source: https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/health-news/cbd-cannabis-oil-ireland-relieve-12980205

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