A Nelson teenager who was granted special dispensation to use medical cannabis has been taken off life support and is now breathing on his own.

“He breathes all by himself now with no help,” Alex Renton’s mother Rose Renton says today.

“His heart is strong and his lungs are strong.”

It’s a big development for Alex, who has been lying in Wellington Hospital in an induced coma for two months, in “status epilepticus”, a kind of prolonged seizure.

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