Billy Caldwell, the autistic young boy with epilepsy whose family was given a licence for marijuana oil to treat his disease, has actually been “positioned under hospital arrest”, according to his mom, due to conditions imposed by the Northern Irish authorities.

On Thursday, it was announced that the 12-year-old was heading the home of Co Tyrone where he could be lawfully treated with a cannabis-based medicine.

But Belfast Trust, which will be accountable for supplying the anti-epileptic seizure medicine, has stated it will only administer the treatment at a medical facility in Belfast, requiring the family to make a four-hour big salami from their home in Castlederg, twice a day, his mom said.

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland stated plans to administer the treatment to the boy had been duplicated from his stay

at Chelsea and


healthcare facility in London. Play Video 2:41 Billy Caldwell’s mother:’ Medical cannabis keeps my epileptic boy alive’– video However his mother, Charlotte Caldwell, stated: “Billy has effectively been placed under health center arrest.

“The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has refused to launch Billy’s meds, which need to stay at or near a medical facility in Belfast, for the duration of Billy’s treatment, which is generally for the rest of his life– or till someone sees sense.

” This is completely at odds with the view of the Chelsea and Westminster health center, which said he might go home, and the Home Office, which suggested he did.”

After a public outcry over the confiscation of the medication at Heathrow airport, the home secretary, Sajid Javid, approved a licence for cannabis oil to be administered to the kid at home.

Following unpredictability over whether the Northern Irish authorities would follow the Office’s lead, it was announced on Thursday that the area’s Department of Health had issued an emergency licence so he could continue his treatment.

Caldwell included: “Billy requires his medications at 10am and 8pm every day. It takes a few seconds to administer. “I understand much more about administering his medications than the health center; I have actually been doing it for years.

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” It’s absolutely insane that Billy is going through this sort of child abuse. He’s autistic; he needs the familiar, he needs his own bed, his toys, his garden. We just want to be home. As it stands, we need to either move to Belfast or make two four-hour round trips twice a day from house in Castlederg.”

In a declaration given to the Belfast Telegraph, the Northern Ireland Department of Health said: “The other day [we] received an emergency licence application from Belfast Trust clinicians concerning medicinal cannabis use for Billy Caldwell. An emergency licence has actually today been released by the department, replicating the licence provided last month by the Home Office for treatment at Chelsea and Westminster healthcare facility in London.

” We have actually likewise remained in conversations with the Home Office to finalise plans for the immediate transport of Billy’s medication from London to the Belfast trust.”




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