Retired military veteran Mark Montrose and his wife were jubilant when they received the call that after two years of waiting, the couple could pick up their newly-adopted baby girl Mary-Kate.
But that joy would not last.
A regular four-month checkup led to an emergency trip to the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital. Mary-Kate had suffered an inter-uterine stroke with permanent neurological impairment. She was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Before reaching age 10, she began to have seizures and underwent multiple brain, eye, and leg surgeries.
And if that wasn’t agonizing enough, Montrose said the medicines that doctors prescribed for his daughter all produced the same outcome – ‘temporarily effective but with some terrible side effects.’
“The medicines were horrible,” Montrose told a group of about 30 guests at Dorchester County Library in Summerville on Thursday. “The side effects made her feel like an animal.”
Then, in 2015, South Carolina passed a bill legalizing cannabidoil, or CBD oil, which contains very low doses of THC and is derived from the hemp plant. Skeptically, Mark and wife tried