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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Family marvels at impact of cannabis on daughter’s life

The Martin family, of Ocean City, has had a tough few years, but the advent of medical marijuana has made at least one aspect of their lives a little easier.

Buddy and Rachel Martin have a family with six children, one of whom, their 9-year-old daughter Shelby, has the genetic condition, Rett Syndrome.

Rett Syndrome is a genetic postnatal neurological disorder that affects several functions, including speaking, walking and swallowing.

“What Shelby has is really about the worst thing a kid could have period,” said 38-year-old Buddy.

“She can’t speak. She can’t walk. She has very little use of her hands. Eating is a problem. Swallowing is a problem,” he said. “Constant constipation is a problem, like bad enough where they can actually like rupture their intestines.”


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a challenge for both her and her family. Any respite from her symptoms must be a blessing to them both.