Severely epileptic boy, 12, allowed to bring his medical cannabis home – Metro
Billy Caldwell can go home with hit medical cannabis after the Home Office rubber-stamped a special exemption licence, a family spokesman has said.
On 7 June, his mother Charlotte, from Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, had seven bottles of cannabis oil from Toronto, Canada, confiscated at Heathrow Airport.
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 condition having suffered multiple seizures.
Billy Caldwell has been give the go to bring the cannabis oil back to Northern Ireland (Picture: PA)
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.’
The spokesman said the special exemption licence was agreed on Monday afternoon.
Charlotte said in a statement that the ‘Home Office clearly wanted this to happen’.
Charlotte thanked the ‘amazing’ Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (Picture: PA Wire)
She added: ‘The amazing Chelsea and Westminster Hospital got behind it, and they’ve helped make it happen.
‘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.
‘Billy has been amazingly resilient