News Channel 10 ABC: New local medical marijuana dispensary helps family with epileptic daughter
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Today marks the grand opening of Vireo Health’s new medical marijuana dispensary on Fuller Road.
Lines of people lined up beforehand, but for one young girl and her family, the dispensary is already helping make a big difference in their lives.
Suffering from epilepsy, nine-year-old Haley Hilt has been struggling to find a cure to help.
“Haley has been having seizures since she was about a month old,” said mother Melissa Hilt.
Any measures used to try and prevent them came up short, time and time again.
“We’ve been through 15 different epileptic medications, special diets, and she even had surgery to try and stop the seizures,” Melissa said.
Medical Marijuana treatments remained as the other option to try and treat Haley.
“The more I researched it, the more I was just shocked at how well these kids were doing and I thought, nothing else is working why not give this a shot,” Melissa said.
The family decided to go for it and in February, Melissa began Haley’s treatment on Indigo, a liquid based medical cannabis.
Since starting the treatments, her seizures have decreased nearly 75 percent.