By Benjie Cooper
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The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) took custody of Suzeanna and Matthew Brill’s son David recently after learning that the couple was using medicinal cannabis to treat his frequent daily seizures.
The Brills doctors tried putting him on many different medications, some at the same time. None of them were successful in relieving the boy’s seizures, and some of them put his life at risk. After researching the possible benefits of medical cannabis, Matthew and Suzeanna decided to try medical marijuana.
“Nothing else was working,” Suzeanna told KVUE Austin. “I can’t have my kid dying because no one wants to listen.”
The couple tried giving their son cannabis oil at first, but when it was not effective at alleviating his seizures, they gave him the decision of whether he wanted to smoke some marijuana and see if it helped. David chose to smoke the medical cannabis daily and was seizure-free for seventy-one days with a dramatic improvement in his quality of life.
“I smoke it first; I know where it comes from,” said Matthew. “I know where it comes from; I know my people. Made sure the bag was good, packed the bowl in my bowl, which I know ain’t been anywhere else, and told him that it was his decision.”
Diligent in keeping her son’s medical team current on his condition, Suzeanna discussed with them what she and her husband were doing because she felt like “his entire medical team truly cared for him and wanted the same things” that she did.
But the team felt differently and contacted authorities. On April 20, Twiggs County Sheriff deputies arrested Matthew and Suzeanna and DFCS took custody of their son. According to a police report the couple is being charged with reckless conduct.
The boy’s service dog was also taken and placed into the city pound without giving the Brills enough time to find someone to take custody of her.
“While my son fought for his life, officially in DCFS custody and flatlining 15 times according to medical records,” writes Suzeanna on a GoFundMe page created to help the family find and pay for a lawyer. “My husband was arrested, they tore me from my baby’s side and told me they were going to take custody of him as I was arrested too.”
Even facing jail time, the couple says that they would do it again to protect their son.