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Home Office agrees to hands back medicinal cannabis to Billy Caldwell

Charlotte Caldwell with her son Billy (Yui Mok/PA)
Charlotte Caldwell with her son Billy (Yui Mok/PA)

The Home Office has agreed to hand back life-saving medicinal cannabis for use by Castlederg boy Billy Caldwell.

The medication was confiscated from Billy's mother Charlotte on Monday as she made her way back to the UK from Canada, where she received the prescription.

Billy, who suffers from epilepsy, requires the medication to control his seizures.

On Saturday morning Charlotte Caldwell said her son had suffered two seizures overnight after being rushed by ambulance to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

It is expected the medication will be with Billy Caldwell by Saturday afternoon.

The decision was welcomed by Sinn Fein MP Orfhlaith Begley, who welcomed the confirmation from the Home Office.

“Billy should never have been put in that position. The treatment was clearly working for him and he deteriorated badly once it ended, yet it still took intense lobbying to get the Home Office to reverse this cruel decision," she said.

"I have been working with Billy’s mother Charlotte for several weeks to try and find a solution so we are all delighted and relieved at today’s decision.

"I have today received confirmation from the Home Office that they have finally relented and agreed to allow Billy to have his medication after accepting the recommendation of medical professionals that cannabis oil was appropriate in his case."

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