At 10 months old, a Puerto Rican boy named Kalel Santiago, was diagnosed with a form of cancer called neuroblastoma. He withstood chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and surgery for two years. He survived only to be diagnosed with a permanent condition: severe autism that prevented him from speaking.
“While he was at the hospital, we noticed he didn’t speak at all and had some behaviors that weren’t right, like hand flapping and walking on his toes,” his father Abiel Santiago explained. “But we waited until he was three and cancer-free to look at his behavior.”
He and his wife, Gladys, began to educate themselves on autism. They tried placing Kalel in numerous schools and therapies and finally found success with a unique surf-therapy school near their house.
After exploring various treatments, the Santiago family discovered a treatment of potency and potential: CBD oil. Through a fundraiser, they were able to receive a tiny bottle of the oil. They gave Kalel two oral doses a day.
Within just two days, he was able to speak for the first time. He surprised the teachers in school by saying the vowels, A-E-I-O-U. The teachers decided to record Kalel and send the video to the parents. “You can’t imagine the emotion we had, hearing our son’s voice for the first time,” said Abiel.
Not long after, he began using consonants too and was able to speak in full sentences. He could say, ‘amo mi mama,’ ‘I love my mom,’ Abiel says. “I don’t know how to thank [the CBD oil makers].”
Kalel’s story is just one more piece of evidence that has been piling up onto the mountain of support CBD and full marijuana legalization.