A desperate mother has defied conventional medical advice by treating her dying son with cannabis.
Little Landon Riddle is three years old and was given just days to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia when he was two.
He had several bouts of gruelling chemo and radiotherapy which, although they shrank the tumour, made him very sick.
So his mum Sierra has refused to treat her boy with the conventional treatments and is instead using cannabis oil capsules.
The oil is a concentrate from the marijuana plant which does not include the psychoactive ingredient THC.
“It’s not just a drug, it’s a medication, and it’s a medication that helps my son to fight his cancer.”
She specifically moved to Colorado Springs in the U.S. to take advantage of the state’s marijuana laws.
Sierra wrote on her son’s Facebook page: “I made the decision to end chemo in mid May. The cannabis has been keeping Landon’s cancer in remission, he gets regular lab work and all his counts continue to be outstanding.”
She went on to say that when meeting with the doctors, they made her feel like she was sentencing her son’s to a ‘sure death’ by not keeping him on steroids and chemo for another three years.
She added: “‘I am willing to do whatever I have to do to make sure my child gets to live another day and gets to have that relief and have that quality of life he deserves.”
However, Sierra now faces having Landon taken off her because doctors ‘do not see cannabis as a treatment for cancer’.
She said: “They want to take my son away and said they have no choice but report her to the police and CPS.
“He is responding amazingly to the cannabis, his blood work is immaculate, especially for a cancer patient! How can they not see the proof that is right before their eyes?! Cannabis is fighting his cancer!”
The hospital said it cannot comment on individual patients.
By Keith Kendrick