Today is International Women’s Day, and as we celebrate the successes of women around the globe as well as push forward with much needed reforms for greater equality, there is a woman in Ireland who is a fantastic example of commitment and dedication — a mother trying desperately to save her child’s life.
Vera Twomey has a daughter named Ava who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that is often treatable using medical marijuana. Twomey just yesterday completed a 162 mile walk, with the last part of her journey in a wheelchair due to a knee injury. The reason for walking this incredible distance was to bring attention to the lack of access for medical cannabis products in Ireland.
Ava Twomey, a seven-year-old with an infectious smile, uses the CBD oil Charlotte’s Web to control her seizures. After no other medicine proved effective, the CBD oil managed to lower Ava’s seizures to about seven per month. Previous to that, Ava could suffer from seven seizures in an hour and over twenty in one day.