Medical Marijuana Keeps Sacramento Woman From Heart Transplant

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — “We’re fighting to keep her alive,” said Andrew Babcock. His cousin, a bright and fun loving 23-year-old is nearing the end of her life.

“It seems to me like they’re just sending her just to die,” said Babcock.

Family members say Summer Waltman was born with fetal alcohol syndrome and has suffered heart complications for years.

“She didn’t ask for all of that,” said Babcock, “she just wanted to be a normal person.”

Her cousin, Andrew Babcock says when she was 6, Waltman had heart surgery. Ten years later, she had a pacemaker put in.
After having a baby last year, against doctor recommendations, her heart condition worsened.

“Just watching her go through all this is hard,” said Babcock.

Waltman is in need of a transplant but was denied. Another option, a medical pump which could extend her life from days, to years was also denied.

“It’s devastating, for the whole family,” said Babcock, getting emotional.

Waltman uses medical marijuana for pain management and comfort. Her family says it’s her cannabis use and potentially other factors that led to the denial.

A 2015 state law prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, but the doctor has the final say determining if a patient’s cannabis use mixed with other factors could impact a transplant.

According to a spokesperson for her hospital, Mercy General, “Patient care is our top priority and we respect the privacy of our patients and legally cannot discuss the specifics of their care. There are very strict criteria to qualify for specialized heart procedures”

“She’s got a great spirit and wants to live,” said Barbara Babcock.

According to National Institute of Health; cardiologists go through dozens of tests and look at dozens of criteria for major medical procedures including the patient’s physical ability to handle a transplant or surgery, to the environment where they live.

“We’re kind of reaching for a miracle right now,” said Barbara Babcock

With limited options and sensing her time is up, Summer has taken to social media writing on Facebook,

“I hope I made an impact in some ppl lives I’m sorry I did everything I could,” and ” I put up one hell of a fight.”

Family tells us, Waltman had been seeking medical help in San Francisco but was transferred to Mercy General late Thursday night where she’ll be kept comfortable.

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  1. Get her out of that state and into a state that will help her , I am positive there are many out there that will . Sounds like a liberally controlled state to me . They care about nothing but getting and having it their way . Good luck and God Bless her and do what is right for and by her .

    1. It is completely inappropriate of you to use this tragedy to spout your vilifying hatred towards your fellow Americans who do not share the same political affiliations that you do. Please stop it and stay focused on using your energy to actually help this poor woman instead of doing these drive-by hate screeds. Thank you.

    2. Terrie Best says:

      Actually, liberals passed the law that doctors can’t deny transplants based solely on cannabis use. The first of its kind, anywhere. AB258 flew through our state assembly propelled by bleeding heart liberals, flew through the senate and was signed without delay by Jerry Brown.

  2. Use of legal pharmaceutical opioids like Percocet, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Percodan are proven to be a direct GATEWAY to heroin use. From the CDC.gov: Prescription drugs are directly responsible for over 237,000 deaths yearly in the US plus over 5,000 traffic deaths due to pharmaceutical intoxicated drivers.

    78 PEOPLE DIE PER DAY from overdose of opium-based pharmaceuticals. In the United States EVERY 9 MINUTES, 160 times every day, 58,400 time per year a child is admitted to a hospital emergency room for pharmaceutical drug poisoning and many of these children never go home again.

    Booze consumption is a direct GATEWAY to alcoholism, homelessness, street violence, domestic violence, traffic fatalities, teen pregnancies and death. Over 88,000 people die every year in our nation due to alcohol consumption plus 16,000 more in traffic fatalities directly caused by booze intoxicated drivers.

    Tobacco is highly addictive and kills over 390,000 Americans every year.

    Cannabis has never been proven by scientific study as a gateway drug and has never killed one single person in all medical history due to toxic overdose. No matter how much cannabis is consumed (even an entire bag of edibles) it is never fatal. Cannabis has no significant statistical history of traffic problems let alone deaths.

    So, which is safer???? Legalize, regulate and TAX!

  3. Obscene demonstration of corrupt medical system prejudiced by the undue influence of giant international pharmaceutical corporations scared witless that cannabis will break their deadly addictive stranglehold on the US public.

  4. Her dumb-asz decision to become a teenage mother on top of her bad health and drug addiction, was probably the final strike.
    Pregnancy takes a lot out of you, and she was simply too weak to survive a transplant.
    Doctors made the right choice. Don’t waste a donor heart, when there are many others who have far better chances of survival.

    1. Such a kind and caring person. Let’s hope you don’t get treated the same way when you’re watching a loved one die from refusal to treat.

  5. This is why America needs a medical system that is for patients instead of solely for profit. And you know this doctor won’t even have the decency – or guts – to look her in the eyes as she’s dying. He won’t have the decency – or guts – to tell her that he’s intentionally killing her because he doesn’t like pot. No, he’s a piece of a trash who became a doctor so he could buy a Porsche.

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