Parents answer lawmakers' questions about Carly's Law - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Parents answer lawmakers' questions about Carly's Law

Posted: Updated:
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • Families rally in support of Carly's Law

    Families rally in support of Carly's Law

    Sunday, March 2 2014 3:12 PM EST2014-03-02 20:12:45 GMT
    Families of children who are suffering from numerous seizures a day are hoping Alabama lawmakers will pass Carly's Law. The bill would legalize a marijuana derived substance for medical purposes. ManyMore >>
    Families of children who are suffering from numerous seizures a day are hoping Alabama lawmakers will pass Carly's Law. The bill would legalize a marijuana derived substance for medical purposes. ManyMore >>
MONTGOMERY - AL -

Alabama lawmakers got to meet Daniel, Leni, Avery and Carly. All four children suffer from daily seizures. Now, their parents best hope is legalizing oil from the marijuana plant.

Carly's Law would legalize it for medicinal purposes.

As the parents explained to lawmakers- while there are no guarantees, there is hope.

"Just stopping by and saying, 'hello' means a lot," said Dustin Chandler, Carly's father.

Chandler introduced numerous lawmakers to his daughter and Carly's Law.

"Were these children premature?," asked one lawmaker.

"Nope. Carly was full term, normal typical pregnancy," he explained.

Carly started having seizures at eight weeks- Leni at 35 days, Avery at two years and Daniel at five years.

Alicia Church remembers her seven year old son's first.

"We found him in his crib. He was already blue. He was lifeless," said Church, Daniel's mother.

Daniel's story is like so many of the others. He was diagnosed with a disorder involving seizures. Instead of helping, medications made basic movement, like walking, more difficult. Church says he still has up to ten seizures a day, some lasting an hour.

"I still can't close my eyes because I'm afraid if I close my eyes, I may miss that seizure that takes my baby's life," she said.

As the parents explained to lawmakers, the families all want to try oil from the marijuana plant. Studies show it helps ease seizures without a high. Carly's Law would legalize it giving Chandler a chance to hear his daughter say, "daddy."

"Just one word would be breath taking. That's what we pray for every night," said Chandler.

It would be a chance for Leni's mom to feel her daughter's embrace... and for the world to see Avery's intelligence.

"Today, it's my child. Tomorrow, it could be your child, your grandchild or someone you love," said Church.  

The bill will go to the Senate floor Thursday. Right now, lawmakers are not hearing any opposition to it.

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Ex-band director at T.R. Miller High arrested on charges he had sex with students

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:07 GMT
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.More >>
    A band director who just started a new job in Georgia appeared before a judge Friday on charges he had sex with several students at his former high school in Alabama.
    More >>
  • Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Civil rights protesters march at state capitol

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:22:20 GMT
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
    More than 20 people, including civil rights leaders and ministers, have marched around the state Capitol and Statehouse in the first day of a seven-day protest that stretches across the Southeast.Democratic state Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma says the marchers in Alabama are joining those in North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia to protest attacks on civil and human rights.The Alabama group marched around the Capitol and Statehouse in hot, humid weather Frida...More >>
  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Big turnout at bone marrow drive for Jefferson County deputy battling cancer

    Big turnout at bone marrow drive for Jefferson County deputy battling cancer

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:51:07 GMT
     The people who Sgt. Randy Nash spent his life serving - are now helping him in record numbers.More >>
     The people who Sgt. Randy Nash spent his life serving - are now helping him in record numbers.More >>
  • Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday Night Blitz coverage lineup for Week 1

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:25:25 GMT
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...More >>
    See the Game of the Week and other notable matchups to be covered on Friday Night Blitz...
    More >>
  • Nearly 14,000 Alabamians waiting on state tax refunds

    Nearly 14,000 Alabamians waiting on state tax refunds

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:51:41 GMT
    Nearly 14,000 Alabamians are still waiting to get overdue tax refunds. Alabama's Revenue Commissioner blames the delay on a computer system designed to catch thieves.The delay is a bad thing for some taxpayers, but state leaders believe the delay is worth it.More >>
    Nearly 14,000 Alabamians are still waiting to get overdue tax refunds. Alabama's Revenue Commissioner blames the delay on a computer system designed to catch thieves.The delay is a bad thing for some taxpayers, but state leaders believe the delay is worth it.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...