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Charlotte Figi, 6, has Dravet Syndrome, a rare, severe form of epilepsy

Doctors tried everything they could think of to get her daily seizures to stop

The family decided to try a special type of medical marijuana low in THC

Her parents say Charlotte is now thriving and seizures have been reduced to one a day

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By most standards Matt and Paige Figi were living the American dream. They met at Colorado State University, where they shared a love of the outdoors. After getting married, the couple bought a house and planned to travel the world.

They did travel, but their plans changed when their first child was born in 2004.

Max was 2 when they decided to have another child. The couple got the surprise of their lives when an ultrasound revealed not one but two babies. Charlotte and Chase were born October 18, 2006.

“They were born at 40 weeks. … Charlotte weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces,” Paige said. “They were healthy. Everything was normal.”

Seizures and hospital stays begin

The twins were 3 months old when the Figis’ lives changed forever.

Charlotte had just had a bath, and Matt was putting on her diaper.

“She was laying on her back on the floor,” he said, “and her eyes just started flickering.”