Cannabis oil row: Epileptic boy will have supply returned

GLASGOW EYES UK 

A severely epileptic boy will be given back medicinal cannabis oil that was confiscated from his mother at customs, the home secretary has said.

Billy Caldwell, 12, would receive the oil after doctors made clear it was a “medical emergency”, Sajid Javid said.

Billy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, from County Tyrone, said they had “achieved the impossible” but called for the oil to be freely available.

Billy began using cannabis oil in 2016 to control his seizures.

The cannabis oil, which contains a substance called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is illegal in the UK but available elsewhere.

Billy’s most recent supply – which Ms Caldwell had tried to bring into the UK from Canada – was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on Monday and he was admitted to hospital before Mr Javid said it would be returned.

‘Completely broken’

Ms Caldwell said: “I truly believe that somewhere in the Home Office there’s someone with a heart and I truly believe that Billy was pulling on their heart strings.”

But she said Billy’s “little body has been completely broken and his little mind”.

“No other family should have to go through this sort of ordeal, travelling half way round the world to get medication which should be freely available,” she said.

“My experience leaves me in no doubt that the Home Office can no longer play a role in the administration of medication for sick children in our country.

“Children are dying in our country and it needs to stop now.”

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