A Colorado baby’s death from 2015 was linked to marijuana according to reports from the treating physicians. However, the death’s marijuana connection appears to have been misinterpreted as the actual cause of the child’s demise. The co-author of the report recently spoke out to clarify that while the death was “associated with cannabis,” the child ultimately died from heart failure. Do you believe that marijuana played a significant role in this case?
A baby boy death has prompted a debate among doctors after it was claimed that he died of a marijuana overdose.
After suffering from a seizure, the 11-month-old died from heart failure in 2015 in Colorado hospital.
Doctors subsequently produced a report linking his death to marijuana.
“We just wanted to make sure that we’re not going to call this a marijuana-related fatality if there was something else that we could point at,” Dr. Christopher Hoyte of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center told the KUSA news channel. “And we looked and couldn’t’t find it.”
Dr Hoyte has been on duty as a poison control officer when he treated the child and found his urine and blood tested positive for marijuana .
He said: “Just one thing led to another and the kid ended up with a heart stopped. And the kid stopped breathing and died.”
The report concluded: “As of this writing, this is the first reported paediatric death associated with cannabis.”
However, Dr Thomas Nappe who co-authored the report, told the The Washington Post: “We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child.”
He argued that the word “associated” should not be interpreted as indicating a cause and effect
Officially, the baby boy died from myocarditis, inflammation on the heart and is worse in newborns and young infants. Most cases are caused by a virus reaching the heart muscle but doctors ruled out viral infection as the cause.