A Nelson teenager who was granted special dispensation to use medical cannabis has been taken off life support and is now breathing on his own.
“He breathes all by himself now with no help,” Alex Renton’s mother Rose Renton says today.
“His heart is strong and his lungs are strong.”
It’s a big development for Alex, who has been lying in Wellington Hospital in an induced coma for two months, in “status epilepticus”, a kind of prolonged seizure.
For nine days, Alex has been receiving cannabis oil treatment Elixinol, brought in from the United States with special government approval.
Alex’s family has asked doctors to increase the doses of cannabis oil. He will be now given the oil four times a day.
They have also asked the hospital to “gently” reduce Alex’s anti-epileptic drugs.
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