Back home to finally get his legal dose of British cannabis
The young Billy Caldwell, 13 years old, is a teenager from Castlederg (England). He has just returned from Canada after his doctors promised to give him the cannabis oil he needs to stabilize his epilepsy.
It is in 2016 that Charlotte Caldweel turns to Canada to obtain cannabis oil for her son Billy, then aged 11. Seriously epileptic, it can make up to 100 seizures a day. Three months ago, they went to Canada for the umpteenth time to get their medications, which no British doctor would agree to prescribe. Only last June, the customs confiscate the treatment, which was to appease Billy for six months. His mother calls on the British government and managed to convince him to return the cannabis oil to his son, whose life was hanging by a thread.
Authorization of the British Minister
Blocked by customs, in a matter of hours and without cannabis oil, Billy's state of health worsens rapidly to the point of having to transport him to London Hospital. Interior Minister Sajid Javid intervenes to provide the sick child with the medications he needs.
The story of young Billy is quickly making headlines in the British press. Under pressure from the media, the Minister of the Interior granted him a prescription for 3 months to heal himself.
Following the events, the government decided to revise the law on cannabis derivatives. After several months of discussions, he made a historic decision: to make the use of legal therapeutic cannabis in the United Kingdom.
"My little boy Billy will now be able to live a normal life with his mother simply by administering a few drops a day of a natural drug long decried but quite effective," said Charlotte, the mother of Billy Caldwell.
In addition to the clear improvement in her son's epilepsy, Charlotte Caldwell has even seen an evolution in autism: better eye contact and better interaction with toys or books.
"It's a big step forward for us in the UK, not just for Billy. Doctors will hopefully start writing prescriptions for other children who are in desperate need of this drug. "
Richard Branson brings his support
to Billy's mother
When Charlotte, Heathrow had the oil confiscated after traveling to Canada. Her frustration led her to twitter:
"I would prefer my illegally alive son rather than legally dead."
The boss of Virgin Sir Richard, responded : "Heartbreaking words. No parent should have to make that choice.
"If cannabis saves a child, it should be legal. "
A story that restores hope