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Medicinal cannabis licence granted to parents of Newtownards girl Sophia Gibson

A licence to supply and possess medicinal cannabis has been granted to the parents of Northern Ireland girl Sophia Gibson, who lives with severe epilepsy.

The seven-year-old, from Newtownards, Co Down, has a genetic condition which causes what her family describe as "frequent and dangerous fits".

She has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.

On Thursday a Department of Health spokesman said: "The Department of Health confirmed today a licence to supply and possess medicinal cannabis has been granted to the parents of Sophia Gibson to administer her treatment at home with the support of her clinicians.

"The Department would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that this has been a lengthy process for the family and would like to thank the family for their patience.

"Our thoughts and sincere best wishes are with Sophia."

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