Cannabis oil teen opens his eyes, say reports


The Nelson teenager at the centre of a medicinal cannabis case has reportedly opened his eyes.

One News are reporting that Alex Renton has opened his eyes this afternoon. He has not had the cannabis oil treatment yet.

Alex’s mum, Rose Renton, says his sedation has been lifted in order to assess his seizures and he has not woken on his own accord.

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Alex, a 19 year old former Nayland College pupil, has been in an induced coma in Wellington since April 8. He was suffering from flu-like symptoms on April 4 and was rushed to hospital after experiencing seizures.

Friends and family have been pushing for the use of medicinal cannabinoid oil to help him and earlier this week associate health minister Peter Dunne agreed, but said it was not prescient-setting and was a one-off decision.

Rose Renton told One News her son is responding to voices as medical staff prepare him for the cannabis oil treatment which should arrive from the United States today.

It will take several more days to see what the cannabis oil treatment does, she says.