PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A family has flown across the country to Oregon for a potentially life-saving treatment for their 2-year-old son who suffers from a form of epilepsy. The Hausers are here for medical marijuana.
Jeremy and Jessica Hauser told KOIN 6 News that no other medications have helped their 2-year-old son, Wyatt, and the trip here is a last resort.
Wyatt suffers from a form of epilepsy called infantile spasms. For the last month, he and his mother have been living in Eugene, working with a scientific group called MxBiotech.
The group uses medical cannabis to treat seizures, and the treatment appears to be working for Wyatt, according to his parents.
Jeremy Hauser arrived in Oregon on Thursday to reunite with his wife and son. He had stayed behind in Minnesota with the couple’s older son.
“It was a long month,” Jeremy Hauser said.
Prior to coming to Oregon, the Hausers said Wyatt was suffering from seizures a couple hundred times a day before he underwent treatment.
“He still has good days and bad days. He’s still having seizures every day, but his days are so much better than they have been,” said Jessica Hauser.
She said the number of seizures Wyatt suffers from is down 30-50% due to the medical marijuana treatment.
“Our goal now is to try and make sure we can zero in on the right infusion and right strain to maintain that reduction in seizures,” Jessica Hauser said.
The couple said they first noticed their son’s seizures when he was 6-months-old. His family said they have found new hope thanks to medical cannabis.
“To be able to try something that is safe, low in toxicity and giving him a better life experience every day is amazing,” said Jessica Hauser.