Oscar Parodi was born with neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy due to a lack of oxygen from the placenta.
A British baby has become the first in the world to be given a cannabis-derived medicine to prevent seizures in infants with a condition that can lead to brain damage.
Oscar Parodi was born with neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which is a lack of oxygen or blood flow from the placenta to the baby.
The baby, now 11-weeks-old, received cooling treatment at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, which is standard for infants born with HIE, but his mother also agreed he could be given a dose of the study’s cannabis-based drug as well.
It is the first time the drug has been used to try to prevent seizures in a baby with HIE, and is already being used to help treat children with rare forms of epilepsy.
Researchers on the study, led by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, hope the drug could one day be used routinely in neonatal care to help babies at risk of seizures and brain injury.
The trial is looking to see if the medicine is safe and effective in lessening the degree of brain injury for those born with HIE.
Oscar’s mother, Chelsea Parodi, 17, a kitchen assistant from Watton in Norfolk, said: “I was approached after the birth about taking part in this study and I consulted my mum and my brother who is training to be a paramedic.
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