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Adam Koessler and daughter

Adam Koessler and daughter -Facebook

A father is facing jail after giving medicinal cannabis oil to his dying daughter as he tried to ease her suffering.

Adam Koessler was arrested and charged earlier this month, after giving  two-year-old Rumer Rose the oil as he tried to treat her later-stage cancer.

The youngster has stage 4 neuroblastoma – a cancer which forms in the nerve tissue and has left Rumer with just a 50% chance of survival.

But after giving her the oil mixed with coconut Mr Koessler, from Cairns in Australia, says his daughter showed “miraculous” signs of improvement.

I think that it is criminal that a drug that can do so much good as a medicine is still illegal as a medicine. I do not want it legal as a recreational drug but when it clearly helps, to not only withhold it from a patient but also punish the parent by physically separating them from their dying child is unforgivable. If you must fine him fine him. I am sure it is a price he as a father would be willing to pay. The law is wrong but I as a parent would have no hesitation whatsoever breaking an unjust law like this one if my loved one was suffering. I would take the consequences of jail or a fine just don’t take away the precious time that is left with my loved one.

He told Australian newspaper the Newcastle Herald: “Her cancer-ridden little body was alive again – Rumer had almost instant quality of life.

Doting dad: Adam Koessler with his little girl Rumer Rose -Facebook

“She would say ‘Daddy, tummy’s not sore’ and she would be able to eat like a champion and began to gain weight.

“Her energy was up and she wanted to go outside with me instead of lay on her back with her legs curled up.

“Her skin colour came back, her eyes were sparkling again and we just looked at each other in complete amazement.”

But after travelling to Brisbane for his daughter to have further treatment on January 2 Mr Koessler, who is separated from Rumer’s mother, was arrested in hospital as he met with Rumer’s oncologist.

He has since been charged with supplying dangerous drugs to a person under 16 and possessing dangerous drugs, and is due before the courts on Tuesday next week.

Until then his bail conditions mean he cannot have contact with his desperately sick little girl, who is now on morphine in intensive care following seizures after she came off the cannabis oil.

A petition has now been launched calling for Queensland premier Campbell Newman and justice minister Jarrod Bleijie to intervene, saying “it is inhumane and unjust to keep a parent, who acted out of love for his child [and] wanting to prolong her life, away from her during such severe illness”.

The petition adds: “Medical cannabis has been legalised in many countries and jurisdictions around the globe. There is ample evidence to show that it has many beneficial effects for cancer patients without the harmful side effects and other associated risks of current drug treatments. In fact working in conjunction with the recommended treatment regime, medical cannabis has also been proven to alleviate these adverse side effects.

“Adam Koessler deserves to have his parental rights to see his child reinstated, the charges against him dismissed by a court, and the right to decide the treatment options for his own child.”

Ban: Adam’s bail conditions stop him from seeing his daughter -Facebook


More than 30,000 people have already signed the petition, and a further 30,000 have supported a Facebook page highlighting the Koesslers’ plight.

In a message to Rumer yesterday, her dad’s supporters said: “To our little angel Rumer Rose. We know your Daddy cant be with you now but the world is on his side. Everyone is sending you healing energy and willing for your Daddy to see you soon.  Hold on little girl. You must be a very very special gift to this world.”

“Little do you know, that because of you, tens of thousands of people’s lives might be changed for the better.”


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