With medical cannabis now legal in Florida, one mother could not be more thankful for the relief her epileptic son now has access to. After watching her son struggle for most of his life with a rare form of the disease, a “miracle nasal spray,” as she calls it, has finally helped to ease his suffering. While he is not complete seizure-free yet, the family feels confident he is quickly heading in that direction.
Branden Petro developed febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES), a rare form of epilepsy hen he was eight-years-old. Since then, his mother, Renee Petro, has become an important cannabis advocate in their home state of Florida.
Now, at 14-years-old, the family is rejoicing in the recent vote that made medical cannabis legal throughout Florida. While filming an interview with the local news, Branden alerted his mother that he was about to undergo a seizure.
Unlike the fear and uncertainty his mother has faced before during these episodes, she quickly reacted by reaching for his cannabis nasal inhaler.
Within five minutes of his seizure beginning and his cannabis nasal spray being used, Branden was back to his happy and laughing self. Before the spray was available, Renee said his seizures would have lasted 30 to 45 seconds longer and been much more intense.
Branden had been on nearly 20 different prescription medications, but after introducing the cannabis nasal spray he is on just one, which Renee is currently weaning him off. She says the cannabis has helped in ways never before imaginable.
He just recently went 30 days without a seizure, and the aggression, rage, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, has virtually gone away just by weaning him off of these drugs. Nothing is scarier than what I’ve witnessed as a mother with my child.
Nothing is scarier than having to call 911 because my son is pretty much losing his mind from the side effects of his medication, nothing worse than having nine to ten sheriff’s in my home. I am going to make sure he lives the best and happiest life he can period regardless of what that law or this law says.
Because, at the end of the day, I’m his mother and I know what’s best for him.
Now that the family has been provided some relief, she hopes others will follow in her footsteps and apply to have access to medical cannabis that can offer them the same kind of healing.