As little Gemma was settled for bedtime, she was given a dose of cannabis oil the Victorian government bought from Canada last week.
That was on Friday when the five-year-old who has near constant seizures became one of the first of 29 seriously-ill children to receive the imported medicinal oil product in Victoria. The remaining families will be able to access the oil - fully taxpayer funded - by the end of this week.
The scale of the importation, which has cost the state about $1 million to supply 29 families for a year, is the largest yet in Australia, Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy said, adding that the government's focus was still "domestic supply of medicinal cannabis".
Premier Daniel Andrews said the government felt there were children who could not wait for the state's own locally made product - grown at a secret location - to become available. Victoria's clandestine crop was harvested last week and is in production at the moment but not expected to become available to families for months.
"But on compassionate grounds and on the advice of some legal experts we've been able to import some product and we're able to make sure patients like Gemma and others can get the care they need," Mr Andrews said at Monash Children's Hospital.
"For the first time ever patients, particularly kids, across Victoria will be able to get the legal medicinal cannabis they need for the very first time."
It is understood the state's purchase of the drug from Canadian company Tilray, was not facilitated by Federal Government changes announced last week to make importation easier.
Victoria was the first state in Australia to legalise access to medical marijuana to treat seriously ill children about a year ago.
The form of the drug the children are being given is cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychotropic element of cannabis, which research has found could help children who suffer from major seizures, said Associate Professor Michael Fahey.
Professor Fahey sits on the committee that has been advising the government on medicinal cannabis but he's also Gemma's paediatric neurologist.
"She fits every single day, multiple times a day, she's in hospital many many times a year, she's in intensive care," he said. "It's life threatening, it's dangerous, it's severe."
Gemma suffers from severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy due to injuries she received at birth.
"We're tried multiple medications with some success but never enough," said her mother Ally Tregent.
"The last year has been particularly difficult for her, she hasn't been able to attend kinder or do much of anything because of her seizures.
"We're hoping that with this new medication we'll get some better results, so hopefully Gemma will be able to attend school.
"They family have not noticed any difference in Gemma's seizures yet but her dose will be increased gradually over the month, Ms Tregent said.
"By then we should be able to find out if it's actually going to slow any of the seizures or at least decrease the severity of them."There's no guarantee with any medication, we're just hoping for the best."