Battling Billy due back in Castlederg shortly

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The 12-year-old severely epileptic Castlederg boy at the centre of the medicinal cannabis debate has been granted permission by the Home Office for a special exemption licence which will allow him to go home. His mother Charlotte had seven bottles confiscated at Heathrow Airport customs on June 11, after she brought them in from Toronto.
Last month a 20-day emergency licence was granted for Billy, after he was admitted to hospital in a critical condition having suffered multiple seizures.
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.
Welcoming the development, Ms Caldwell said in a statement that the "Home Office clearly wanted this to happen".
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...


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