Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old U.Okay. boy with epilepsy, has had his first seizure in months final night time, his mom studies. The seizure comes simply hours after U.Okay. border officers confiscated Billy’s medicinal hashish oil at Heathrow Airport yesterday. The primary lively ingredient of the hashish oil treatment that Billy makes use of is CBD. But it additionally has sufficient THC to make it a Schedule 1 managed substance within the U.Okay.
Billy’s mom Charlotte Caldwell had taken him to Canada to safe the medical hashish remedy. Without it, Billy can have as much as 100 seizures per day. Charlotte posted a video of Billy’s early morning seizure to the Facebook group Keep Billy Alive. A spokesperson for the Caldwell household advised The Independent that Billy’s situation had been properly managed with hashish oil.
“The last time he had a seizure was several months ago, and even then it was because he wasn’t well anyway and had a bug at the time,” the spokesperson stated.
Billy started treating his epilepsy with medicinal hashish within the U.S. in 2016. Last yr he turned the primary affected person within the U.Okay. to obtain a prescription for hashish oil from the National Health Service. Once he started utilizing the drugs, he went almost a yr with no seizure.
However, final month the British authorities ended these prescriptions. So, with only one dose of Billy’s drugs left, he and Charlotte flew to Canada for assist. Once there, The Hospital for Sick Children replenished their provide of hashish oil.
But when Charlotte declared it to frame officers at Heathrow Airport upon returning to the U.Okay., they seized the medicine. She was defiant in a press release to the press after the confiscation.
“I will just go back to Canada and get more and I will bring it back again because my son has a right to have his anti-epileptic medication in his country, in his own home,” she stated.
She additionally asserted that the federal government’s actions have been tantamount to a criminal offense.
“It’s one thing not giving a child medication when they need it, but it’s another thing to take it away when they already had it—it’s actually criminal to do that,” she stated.
Mum Meets with MP
So far, Charlotte has met with Home Office policing Minister Nick Hurd twice in an effort to reclaim Billy’s drugs. But the MP appears unmoved by Billy’s struggling. A spokesperson stated the Home Office wouldn’t relent and instructed the Caldwells as an alternative search assist from the federal government of Northern Ireland, the place they reside.
“The Home Office is sympathetic to the rare situation that Billy and his family are faced with,” the federal government spokesperson stated. “The policing minister met Ms. Caldwell and advised her that despite these extremely difficult circumstances, it is unlawful to possess Schedule 1 drugs such as those seized at the border [yesterday] morning without a license. The minister urged the family to explore licensing options with the Department of Health Northern Ireland.”
Advocates Ask Public for Help
Despite the federal government’s response, Billy’s household and buddies haven’t given up hope. Charlotte and advocates for her and Billy hope public strain might spur change on the Home Office. They are asking supporters to e-mail Hurd at firstname.lastname@example.org with the topic line “Give Billy back his medicine” to share their ideas on the matter.