The family of a six-year-old girl whose life-threatening seizures helped change drug laws in Georgia have now lost their home in a devastating fire.
Haleigh Cox and her parents lost their home in Forsyth on Tuesday afternoon – just days before she and her mother were due to return from Colorado, where she is receiving treatment.
Haleigh previously made headlines after her family helped push through ‘Haleigh’s Hope Act’, which became law in Georgia this year.
The law means the girl’s family won’t be prosecuted for treating her with cannabis oil, which they use to manage her seizures. She was suffering from 100 seizures a day before the treatment and although she continues to suffer from them, they are much milder.
Before the bill was passed, Janea Cox and her daughter moved to Colorado to have access to medical marijuana.
With the law now in effect, they were looking forward to returning home to Georgia on Monday – but this week, her husband called her with the devastating news that the house had burned down.
“We have nothing left,” she wrote on Facebook. “Everything is gone.”
Brian, himself a firefighter, said that he was outside mowing the lawn when he saw the flames take over the house. The Monroe County Fire Department said the fire was caused by an electrical short and ruled it accidental, WXIA reported.
The mom will no longer be flying back to Georgia with her daughter on Monday, as planned.
“We can't come home. We no longer have a home,” she said.
Donations are now being raised through Northway Church in Macon. See here for more details.
“Thank you for all the love and support. It means so much to us during this extremely difficult time,” Janea said. “I just feel like [the fire] is a bump in the road that may take us awhile to get over, but we'll get there, eventually."
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