Tyrone Boy's Cannabis Oil Treatment Approved By UK Government

Tyrone Boy's Cannabis Oil Treatment Approved By UK Government

Tyrone Boy's Cannabis Oil Treatment Approved By UK Government

12-year-old Tyrone-native Billy Caldwell has been given his cannabis oil back after it was confiscated from his mum at Heathrow Airport.


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No need for Home Office to "carefully consider" allowing Billy Caldwell to have his cannabis oil.

A family spokesman said the medication was on its way to London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital early on Saturday afternoon.

Billy's mother says she wants to discuss Billy's future with MPs on Monday: "I want to meet the Home Secretary and Health Secretary (Jeremy Hunt), urgently, this week, to get assurance that not only will Billy's meds never again be removed, but to call for an urgent review of the overall policy on medical cannabis as it affects everyone who could benefit".

When his mother tried to take oil from Canada into the country on Monday Heathrow airport officials confiscated the medicine.

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Billy who suffers from severe epilepsy uses the oil as an anti-seizure medication.

She vowed to keep up her fight to allow others in the United Kingdom to have access to the medication they need.

Charlotte said that the Home Office in the United Kingdom are responsible and says if Billy dies, it will be their fault.

Ms Caldwell said it had been "absolutely horrific" and "cruel" that Billy had been refused the cannabis oil, and urged the Home Secretary to authorise the release of the rest of his six-month supply.

She said her son's seizures, each of which is potentially fatal, had returned on Tuesday after the medication was seized.

"No other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal, traveling halfway around the world to get medication which should be freely available to our desperately ill children", she said.

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She added doctors in Canada and Northern Ireland familiar with Billy's case said the situation was life-threatening.

She said: "If Billy dies, which is looking increasingly possible, then the Home Office, and (minister) Nick Hurd, will be held completely accountable".

"This only adds pressure to the Home Office to make a decision on Billy's medicine", Ms Caldwell told The Telegraph on Sunday night.

Doctors said it was too risky to treat him with "rescue meds" at home and he can now be treated only with hospital-administered medicine.

However, Dr O'Hare stopped after receiving advice from Home Office officials on laws surrounding cannabinoids a year ago. She said that when he was using the cannabis oil, he was free of seizures.

Billy became the first person in the United Kingdom to receive a prescription after his local GP in Northern Ireland, Brendan O'Hare, began writing scripts. But the doctor stopped prescribing cannabis oil after being warned by the Home Office.

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