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Cannabis-based drug dramatically improves Mexican girl's quality of life

Mexico City, Oct 27 (EFE).- Anticonvulsants and surgery had had no positive effect on the health of a Mexican epileptic girl who was suffering up to 400 seizures a day, but her life has taken a turn for the better since she began using a cannabis derivative a year ago.

Mexico City, Oct 27 (EFE).- Anticonvulsants and surgery had had no positive effect on the health of a Mexican epileptic girl who was suffering up to 400 seizures a day, but her life has taken a turn for the better since she began using a cannabis derivative a year ago.

The case of Graciela Elizalde, who is now nine and known affectionately as Grace, marked a before and after in Mexico when a judge allowed her family, residents of the northeastern city of Monterrey, to import that medication in August 2015.

More than a year after she began taking the chemical substance, Grace is "more alert, more attentive ... takes a few more steps with assistance, climbs stairs" and is more in tune with her surroundings, her mother, Mayela Benavides, said.

The increasingly frequent seizures Grace suffered as a result of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome have fallen by 90 percent, and she no longer needs to take anti-seizure drugs that had affected her coordination and left her feeling lethargic.

"Seeing her without seizures, no longer suffering, has completely changed our lives," said Benavides, who added that electroencephalogram tests have shown improved brain activity patterns and a remarkable change overall.

A few years ago, Grace's parents heard about the case of Charlotte Figi, an American girl with Dravet syndrome - a type of epilepsy similar to their daughter's - whose condition markedly improved after she began a treatment based on cannabidiol, a chemical substance that is found in cannabis plants but which does not have psychoactive effects.

Benavides and Raul Elizalde, Grace's father, sought access to the medication for their daughter but were blocked by Mexico's Health Secretariat.

But since the court ruling in Grace's case, a cannabidiol-based treatment is now available in Mexico and has already benefited more than 100 families, Elizalde said.

"We're very pleased because (the treatments) are working and they're working in the majority of children. You can imagine. We're very happy," he added.

After previously blocking imports of cannabis-based treatments, President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration announced in April that it would send a bill to Congress to legalize medical marijuana.

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