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Eleven year old Alex is severely autistic his self destructive behavior brought on by two Boris neurosis.
A genetic disorder that affects about 50000 people in the US it cost as growths in organs in Alex's case primarily in the -- Those growths can lead to seizures -- -- has.
Alex can't communicate with words making it difficult to understand what's troubling him.
Indescribable it was horrifying -- is able to just be acting normal and Austin is one himself to a wall.
His parents have turned to a controversial treatment medical marijuana to manage Alex's behavior.
-- when you've got no other options are you honestly gonna say no.
It wasn't always this -- now.
He was actually going to be Jake for the longest time and when he was born we Simon said that logic that -- acts.
The day Alex was born Jeremy and Karen -- were full of hope until six weeks later when their baby had his first seizure.
We didn't know he was going to be -- at that time.
I think he was three the first time he started hurting himself -- By the time Alex was five it was intense self directed rage.
Alex had but it anything he could.
Bruising his forehead so badly his father says the blood would drain and Alex's entire face was black and blue.
They got in the helmet swaddled him like a new -- tried mood altering drugs.
But Alex is daily violence he became the Eugene family's new normal.
When he was eight he made a heartbreaking decision to move Alex into -- state funded group homes.
It was like we were throwing away.
Like we were just.
Giving -- to somebody else and saying to everybody you know you're not part of the family anymore.
-- -- -- -- -- -- But was there a way to help him to bring back this smiling boy.
Alex's parents looked into organs medical marijuana program and a doctor approved Alex.
Alex is now one of about fifty organ children with a card like this.
Autism is not a qualifying medical condition like cancer or severe pain in Alex's case the seizures are.
And after a few months of treatment -- -- say they saw dramatic improvement.
From getting himself -- in his face within an hour hour and a half.
-- would be playing with toys using his hands something that had that time was almost unheard of.
Alex's group home won't give -- the marijuana so about three times a week his parents give him a liquid form of the drug.
-- in law does not require a doctor to monitor -- child's medical marijuana use.
In fact -- neurologist at dorm Becker Children's Hospital didn't know about the alternative treatment until we told him.
-- -- -- -- No I don't think so at all I certainly am very much with them in my desire to help Alex all of us want to help.
Alex is doctor didn't speak directly about the controversy of using medical marijuana on children but the American academy of pediatrics is against it.
A doctor representing that group tells me that marijuana is toxic to children's developing brains.
And it -- -- -- known about the drug's long term effects for us the long term side effects that are unknown.
For something that.
Can't kill him.
A lot better than the long term side effects of have -- himself bloody.
The -- also say they're not advocating the use of medical marijuana for all autistic children -- -- -- walk a mile in their and the treatment might not seem so extreme.
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