UK changes course, allows cannabis oil for epileptic boy

UK changes course, allows cannabis oil for epileptic boy

UK changes course, allows cannabis oil for epileptic boy

Sajid Javid on Saturday permitted 12-year-old Billy Caldwell one of the bottles of cannabis oil confiscated by airport officials after his mother tried to bring them into the United Kingdom from Canada.

On Saturday Sajid Javid, the home secretary, announced he had used an exceptional power to urgently issue a license allowing Caldwell to use cannabis oil.

His mother Charlotte says he's been having as "life-threatening" seizures, including two overnight.

Billy began using cannabis oil, which contains a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in 2016 to control his seizures.

She added: "The Home Office, myself and my team have been working extremely hard throughout the night to make this happen, which is truly fantastic, but there can only be one conclusion here: that my attractive sweet little boy, who has a life-threatening form of epilepsy and one seizure can kill him, he needs his medicine back today".

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Before, mum Charlotte Caldwell, from County Tyrone, had seen the oil confiscated by United Kingdom customs at Heathrow after bringing a new batch from Canada, i reported yesterday.

Billy and his mother had travelled to Canada to obtain cannabis oil after the boy's doctor was ordered to stop prescribing it.

The Home Office, or interior ministry, could not immediately be reached for comment about Billy's hospitalisation.

She criticised outdated laws and called for "more humane policies" while vowing to fight for others in the United Kingdom to have access to the medication they need.

But after she and her team worked through the night with the Home Office, the medication was making its way to London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where Billy is being treated.

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However, Dr O'Hare stopped after receiving advice from Home Office officials on laws surrounding cannabinoids past year.

"Billy is in the care of medical professionals who are best placed to assess the care and treatment that he requires". The incident sparked a debate between officials and Charlotte, who said she would hold those who blocked the treatment responsible if her son died, the i newspaper reported.

She said: "His little body has been completely broken and his little mind".

He became the first person in the United Kingdom with a prescription for cannabis oil when it was recommended to him by a local doctor in Northern Ireland.

Ms Caldwell said: "This experience that myself and my little boy have endured in this last week has been horrendous, I do not want, and I will not stand by and let, any other family in our country endure it".

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Dr O'Hare was summoned to a meeting with Home Office officials recently and told to desist.

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