Written by Shawn Logan for Calgary Sun.
Three years ago, during the darkest time of her life, Airdrie mom Sarah Wilkinson told her two sons to say their goodbyes to their ailing sister Mia.
Then seven years old, Mia had just been revived from the longest seizure of her young life, thanks to a dose of ketamine (a potent drug used as horse tranquillizer, and known as Special K on the street) beyond the maximum allowed for children.
“We came home and my husband and I discussed how we were going to tell our boys,” said Wilkinson, still choking back tears from the memory.
“We sat them down and just said, ‘we’re not going to have her for much longer, so you need to give her as much love as you possibly can.’”
That night, as she lay in bed with her husband James, the heartbroken mom thought she’d try one final option in hopes of saving her little girl.
Cannabis oil, she’d read, had shown some promising results for children suffering from epilepsy, and it was that last desperate hope that Wilkinson clung to.
Since taking her first dose of cannabis oil in July 2013, Mia has suffered no seizures. While she remains severely disabled, unable to walk or talk, the progress since she began taking the medication — extracted from dried marijuana buds, cooked in a slow cooker and then mixed with coconut oil — has been miraculous.