Home office ‘will return cannabis oil’ to epilepsy patient Billy Caldwell

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The Home Office has reportedly agreed to return medicinal cannabis oil to epilepsy patient Billy Caldwell under supervision of a neurologist.

It is understood the change of heart was triggered after a public outcry when the media revealed Billy’s life was on a knife edge following a series of back or back seizures on Friday.

He is now an inpatient at Chelsea and Westminster hospital and will remain there until he has stabilised further.

A source told the Mirror: “The licence is being fast-tracked by government officials and we hope Billy will have his oil returned to him this weekend.

“He is safe at the moment in hospital and his mum is with him but he was in a really bad situation earlier and home care is not enough now if he has an other seizure.

Billy’s mum has pleaded for his cannabis oil to be returned
Billy’s medication sits on the desk of a civil servant in the Home Office three miles away

“His team has been tasked to find a neurologist to work with them and deal with Billys medical needs.. but the medical expert has to have worked with Billy previously and be willing to work with him now.”

A Home Office spokesperson has not yet confirmed their decision, but said it would allow doctors to decide the best course of treatment for the gravely-ill patient.

Billy suffered 100 seizures a night before being prescribed the treatmentThey said: “We are deeply sympathetic to the extremely difficult situation that Billy and his family are in.“Billy is in the care of medical professionals who are best placed to assess the care and treatment that he requires.“The Home Office is contacting Billy’s medical team. If the team treating Billy advise a particular course of urgent action, the Home Office will carefully consider what options are available to help facilitate that advice.” 

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Billy’s mother Charlotte said her son would “die” without cannabis oil treatment that has seen his life-threating seizures stop for over 16 months.

She said: My son is dying. They are letting him die. The only thing that can save him, his anti-epileptic medication, is sitting on a desk in the Home Office out of our reach.”

Charlotte was stopped by UK Border Force officials as she attempted to bring a year’s supply of the drug, which was prescribed by a Canadian hospital, into the country.

Source:www.mirror.co.uk

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