Billy Caldwell’s mum begs health bosses to let her keep medicinal cannabis at home

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THE mum of a boy who needs cannabis oil to stop his epileptic seizures has begged health bosses to let her keep the medicine at home.

Autistic Billy Caldwell, 12, was left fighting for life last month after his supply was seized.

 Charlotte Caldwell with son Billy, 12, who has a rare form of epilepsy

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Charlotte Caldwell with son Billy, 12, who has a rare form of epilepsy

He was granted a short-term licence allowing him access to the treatment — but mum Charlotte Caldwell is not allowed to administer it or keep it at their home.

Instead nurses bring it twice a day.

Charlotte, 50, said it means they cannot go on holiday or even on a day out to the beach — and that it has left him in a state of “chaos and confusion”.

Charlotte, of Castlederg, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, added: “We can’t have a few days’ break.

 Cannabis oil prevents Billy from having life-threatening seizures

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Cannabis oil prevents Billy from having life-threatening seizures
 The child is in a state of 'chaos and confusion' as they can't stray from the house, says his mum

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The child is in a state of ‘chaos and confusion’ as they can’t stray from the house, says his mum
Mother of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell who suffers from severe epilepsy speaks after being given the licence to treat her son with cannabis oil

“We can’t go to the beach because we live two hours literally from any beach.

“For me it’s like being under house arrest.”

The Northern Ireland Department of Health has been contacted for comment.

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