Support from MP's for medical marijuana after Billy Caldwell case

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

Sajid Javid on Saturday permitted 12-year-old Billy Caldwell one of the bottles of cannabis oil confiscated by airport officials after his mother tried to bring them into the United Kingdom from Canada.

Late on Saturday night Billy Caldwell, who has drug-resistant severe epilepsy, was granted access to his "life-saving" cannabis oil medicine following an emergency intervention by the home secretary, Sajid Javid.

He said his decision was based on advice from senior doctors who say that Caldwell, who was hospitalized overnight in London, faces a medical emergency.

Twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell was taken by ambulance to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on Friday after his epilepsy seizures "intensified", a family statement added.

Ms Caldwell said she believed the confiscated treatment had been moved to the Home Office and appealed to staff there to show compassion and bring it to the hospital.

Ms Caldwell credits the oil with keeping the boy's seizures at bay, saying he was seizure-free for more than 300 days while using it, but it contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is restricted in the UK.

After the government agreed to permit the treatment, Charlotte Caldwell said today that she and her supporters had "achieved the impossible" and called for a rules change to allow other children needing cannabis oil to use it legally.

On Monday, Border Force officials confiscated the supply of the medication used to treat Billy for up to 100 seizures a day after Ms Caldwell, 50, flew with it into the United Kingdom airport.

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Billy, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was given a prescription for medicinal cannabis oil past year to help treat his epilepsy - the first time the drug had been prescribed by the NHS. She said her son's seizures, all of which pose a risk of death, resurfaced on Tuesday after the drug was seized.

However, she said his body and his mind have been "completely broken" after the ordeal.

At the start of this week they had six months' worth of medicine confiscated by customs agents on their arrival in London from Canada.

The Home Office, or interior ministry, could not immediately be reached for comment about Billy's hospitalisation.

Billy, 12, from Castlederg in Co Tyrone, has a form of epilepsy meaning he can not get help through medication or diet.

The family had planned to return to Canada if they could not get the medicine in the United Kingdom but say Billy is now too ill to travel. She said that the Home Office would be held accountable if he died.

The Home Office had previously said that while it was sympathetic to the child's plight, it had a duty to stop banned substances from entering Britain.

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