Billy’s mum vows to keep on battling

Thursday, 14 June 2018

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A DETERMINED Castlederg mother has vowed to keep fighting to save her 12-year-old son's life - no matter what the cost.
Charlotte Caldwell was reacting to a decision on Monday after the Home Office again rejected her plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son, Billy. Ms Caldwell has accused Home Office minister, Nick Hurd, of having "likely signed my son's death warrant".
She brought cannabis oil from Canada for her son, but it was confiscated at Heathrow on Monday.
Ms Caldwell said she was "absolutely devastated" to have the supply confiscated after she declared it to border officials. She later met Mr Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, at the Home Office to plead with him 'parent to parent' to get the oil back.
"It's Billy's anti-epileptic medication that Nick Hurd has taken away, it's not some sort of joint full of recreational cannabis," she said. "We had an honest and genuine conversation. I have asked him to give Billy back his medicines, but he said no."
She also warned of the dangers of Billy missing his first dose of cannabis oil in 19 months.
"The reason not to stop the medication suddenly is that it can cause really bad side-effects - they wean them down slowly," she said.
"So what Nick Hurd has just done is most likely signed my son's death warrant."
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