In Chile, mothers give epileptic kids covertly grown marijuana

The Japan Times
Seven-year-old epilepsy sufferer Javiera Canales holds a watering can on Nov. 16 amid pots of cannabis plants grown for their oil. Her mother, Paulina Bobadilla, knows cultivation is illegal, but says a few drops a day lessens Javiera's seizures. | AP
Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter’s epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding.
Bobadilla was driving on a mountain road with Javiera, intent on ending it all by steering their car off a cliff.
“All I wanted to do was to die along with her,” the 34-year-old mother recalled of that day in April 2013. “I told her: ‘This is it.’ But then she said, ‘Mommy, I love you.’ I looked at her and I knew I had to continue fighting.”
Bobadilla’s desperation to ease her daughter’s condition is an emotion familiar to other Chilean parents who say medical marijuana can help their children and who, rather than wait for Congress to act, have taken matters into their own hands.
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