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Carteret County girl inspires CBD oil bill to treat seizures in children

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NEWPORT, N.C. - Haley Ward isn't just your typical 6-year-old. She can't eat, walk or bathe by herself. She also suffers from multiple seizures every day.

Haley is the inspiration behind the Hope for Haley and Friends bill, which was signed into law by Governor McCrory. The bill allows medical schools at ECU, UNC, Wake Forest and Duke to participate in a study involving CBD oil, a component extracted from marijuana plants, if they want to.

Haley's mom Sherena Ward was very involved in getting the bill passed.

"I never thought in a million years anybody would help us with anything derived from a cannabis plant," Ward said.

But that changed when she got to stand right beside Governor McCrory as he signed the bill, something that was extremely important as Sherena fights to better her daughters life.

"We need hope that something is going to help with these seizures because there's nothing left really," she said.

Although Haley takes a lot of medicines every day, but they don't seem to be working.

Lucinda Gray is one Haley's nurses. She says the amount of medicine Haley takes is astounding.

"I was concerned about the doses because I've medicated adults with the dose of medication that I give her, and she only weighs 36 pounds," Gray said.

But there are some complications involved with the bill, including how the CBD oil will make it's way to the state.

Sherena is hopeful that this bill will mean less seizures and a better life for Haley.

"I want her to be able to go to school, and participate with other children," Ward said. "Otherwise she's just watching them go by, and she's sitting there in the corner. That's not fair."

To help the Ward family as they struggle to cover all of the expenses for Haley, click here.
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