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US News Epileptic boy Billy Caldwell can go home with cannabis medicine, says family

10:21  03 july  2018
10:21  03 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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/form Epilepsy warrior Billy Caldwell is to be granted an historical lifetime licence for medicinal cannabis issued under new government guidelines The sister-in-law of Nick Hurd, the Home Office Minister who initially barred Charlotte from bringing medicinal cannabis into the UK for her epileptic

Billy Caldwell can go home with hit medical cannabis after the Home Office rubber-stamped a special exemption licence, a family spokesman has said . Last month, a 20-day emergency licence was granted for the 12-year-old severely epileptic boy after he was admitted to hospital in a critical

Billy Caldwell with his mother Charlotte (Yui Mok/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Billy Caldwell with his mother Charlotte (Yui Mok/PA)

The Home Office has rubber-stamped a special exemption licence meaning severely epileptic Billy Caldwell can go home with his medicinal cannabis, a family spokesman has said.

His mother Charlotte, of Castlederg in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, had seven bottles confiscated at Heathrow Airport customs on June 11 after she brought them in from Toronto.

Last month a 20-day emergency licence was granted for 12-year-old Billy after he was admitted to hospital in a critical condition having suffered multiple seizures.

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EPILEPTIC Billy Caldwell is to be allowed home with his medicinal cannabis oil after the Home Office yesterday agreed a special exemption licence. Billy Caldwell 's mum Charlotte said she 'can't believe' her son will be able to go home to his own bed.

Charlotte Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell © PA Charlotte Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell

But a family spokesman said the Home Office, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have now agreed he can go home to Northern Ireland with his medicinal cannabis.

He added: “The Department of Health in Northern Ireland are applying for a licence for Billy’s medication to be administered at home in Castlederg.

“In anticipation of that application being processed, the Home Office have rubber-stamped it and he will be going home at some point this week.”

Undated family handout photo of Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy © PA Undated family handout photo of Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy

The spokesman said the special exemption licence was agreed on Monday afternoon.

Welcoming the development, Ms Caldwell said in a statement that the “Home Office clearly wanted this to happen. The amazing Chelsea and Westminster Hospital got behind it, and they’ve helped make it happen,” she added.

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Fresh hope for epileptic boy , 12, 'fighting for life' as Home Office sends medicinal cannabis oil Billy Caldwell suffers from intractable epilepsy that causes 100 seizures a day But cannabis oil was confiscated from his mother Charlotte leaving him critical

At a press conference, Caldwell said : “It’s Billy ’s anti- epileptic medication that Nick Hurd has taken away. MPs condemn UK cannabis laws after epileptic boy 's medication seized.

“We all now need to make this also happen for all the other families who need medicinal cannabis. We are in the very final stages of what has been an amazing four weeks. I can barely believe we’ll be home in a few days.

Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy at Heathrow Airport after having a supply of cannabis oil used to treat his severe epilepsy confiscated on their return from Canada. © PA Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy at Heathrow Airport after having a supply of cannabis oil used to treat his severe epilepsy confiscated on their return from Canada.

“Billy has been amazingly resilient throughout. He’s autistic, and everything that has been going on – no regularity, no familiar surroundings – are beginning to take their toll on him.

“He needs his toys, his garden, the things he’s used to. I need to see him happy and well. I can’t believe he’ll be back in his own bed in a few days. It’s within our grasp.”

Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and the Home Office both declined to comment.

Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy outside the Home Office in London © PA Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy outside the Home Office in London

Following the public uproar over the confiscation of the cannabis oil from Ms Caldwell as she attempted to bring it into the UK, a new panel assessing claims for its use was set up. On Wednesday, the temporary expert panel began accepting applications for licences for the drug from senior clinicians.

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Now the medicine , which contains a compound found in cannabis plants known as CBD, has been named Billy ’s Bud after the youngster. Charlotte Caldwell , Billy ’s mother, said his family was “crying happy tears” over his “incredible” progress.

The mother of a severely epileptic boy admitted to hospital in a “life threatening condition” after his cannabis medication was confiscated has said she is In a statement Mr Javid said : “This morning, I've used an exceptional power as Home Secretary to urgently issue a licence to allow Billy Caldwell

The Home Office announced the panel will make “swift” recommendations to ministers, who will then sign off on applications within two to four weeks. If given approval, doctors can then start writing prescriptions for their patient, while ministers decide whether to remove cannabis’s banned status as a medicine.

Ms Caldwell said the focus will now turn to a campaign to get “every other family equal opportunity, and equally swift progress through the assessment process”.

“Clinicians simply don’t yet have guidelines, and no clinician will operate outside guidelines, so few are taking what they see as the risk of entering a patient into the assessment process – and even those who have seen the Government’s announcement are hesitant,” she said.

“We want to help them in any and every way we can.”

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