On April 7, 2020, Charlotte Figi, the little girl who inspired CBD treatments for seizures, has passed away. She was hospitalized and treated for COVID-19-like symptoms. The young lady suffered through a seizure before succumbing to cardiac arrest and respiratory failure. Figi tested negative for the virus when she was first treated on April 3. The hospital still treated her as a COVID-19 patient when she returned on Tuesday, due to her whole family being sick for a month with suspected symptoms.
Figi’s Birth and Ailment
She was born on Oct. 8, 2006, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At three months of age, Figi was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. This caused her to have frequent seizures. At the age of five, Figi had suffered as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week. She had to use a wheelchair, went into repetitive cardiac arrest, and barely could speak.
Doctors were out of ideas on how to help her. Figi’s mother, Paige began researching medical marijuana, calling many dispensaries. After the young girl started using the compound derived from cannabis, her symptoms started to disappear. Her parents played a significant role in bringing light to the potential medicinal properties of CBD oil.
Who Created the CBD Oil?
A marijuana company in Colorado, named Stanley Brothers, found a strain of cannabis that was low in THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana), but high in the chemical CBD. They named the plant after the child, Charlotte’s Web-originally called Hippie’s Disappointment. After taking her first dose, her parents saw almost instant improvement. Continuing to use the oil two times a day, her seizures dropped down to two to three a month.
Paige Figi co-founded a group called Realm of Caring Foundation, with the Stanley Brothers. This group helped families who had to uproot their lives so their children could receive cannabis treatments to treat seizures before marijuana became legalized throughout the United States.
Figi’s inspirational recovery from CBD oil helped many families with children who suffered from epilepsy. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the cannabidiol medicine named Epidiolex. Epidiolex is used to help patients with seizures tied to Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndrome, among other ailments as well.
The young lady is survived by her parents and vast family. Figi was only 13 at the time of her death. May she rest in peace.
By Sheena Robertson
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