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LA home secured for sick Billy after mother's emotional plea

Thursday, 9 February 2017

LA home secured for sick Billy after mother's emotional plea thumbnailCharlotte Caldwell has been able to secure her Los Angeles accommodation after fears that she and her son would face homelessness due to rising medical costs.

AN 'elated' Charlotte Caldwell has confirmed that she has been able to secure her Los Angeles accommodation amid fears over the weekend that she and her son, Billy, would face homelessness due to rising medical costs.

The Castlederg mother posted on social media over the weekend that she would have to forfeit their Los Angeles home due to the rising costs of Billy's medical treatment. She then went out to buy a tent and a cooking stove in preparation for sleeping rough on the streets.

However, yesterday (Tuesday) in an emotional post on Facebook she revealed that she and Billy had been able to secure their accommodation.

In an online statement she said: "Wow folks, what a difficult and emotional few days.

"We have been able to secure our accommodation here in LA. I am just elated. This is one huge step forward."

Charlotte and her son have been in the United States for a number of months where the 11-year-old is receiving treatment for severe epilepsy. He is currently being treated with cannabis oil (CBD) which has been a great help in reducing his seizures. Charlotte is campaigning hard for the drug to be legalised in Northern Ireland.

The local mum also confirmed yesterday that Health Minister Michelle O'Neill was to make contact with her to discuss what she could do to help Billy's situation.

Continuing Charlotte added: "Our next hurdle is settling Billy's medical bills.

"Our Health Minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed that she will make contact with me today (Tuesday). Praying she will help."

Since posting her plight on social media over the weekend, Charlotte received many messages from concerned members of the public wishing to try and help their situation.

Expressing her thanks those people, she said: "From the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much to each and every one of you folk that has reached out to us.

'Heartfelt thanks'

"A huge heartfelt thank you to all of you people that have organised events and donated much needed funds for my wee 'epilepsy warrior.'

"Hoping and praying with the help of our Health Minister we are one step closer to providing a solution to bringing my wee warrior home and paying his medical costs already outstanding.

"I'm feeling truly thankful and indebted to each and every one of you folk who have given me a shoulder to lean on, when we couldn't hold ourselves up.

"I truly believe the Lord is showing his love for my wee warrior through special people like you.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for touching lives in ways you will never know."

A number of fundraising events have been organised in the coming weeks. Among them is a pub quiz and raffle which will take place on Friday at the Old Thatch Inn, Castledawson, at 9pm.

A fundraising dance in aid of the 'Keep Billy Alive' campaign will also take place at the Blacktown Arms, Scraghey Road, Castlederg, on Friday, February 17. The doors will open at 8.30pm with music by 'Sprig of Heather' starting at 10pm. Admission is 5 and the organisers appeal to everyone to come along and support this worthy cause.

A 'Superhero Stroll' is also planned in the coming weeks. It will start from Killygordon and will pass through various towns such as Castlederg, Strabane and Lifford before returning to Killygordon on February 25.

To donate contact" 07540356389, 07968508250, 07749315345 or 07899910358. You can find out more information on the Facebook page: Kepp Billy Alive, or you can email: keepbillyalive2@yahoo.com. You can also donate to Billy's Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/just4children/keepbillyalive2. You can also text 'Keep 81 3' to 70070. You can sign the petition to legalise cannabis through the following link: www.change.org/ cannabis-refugee-billy-s-law.

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