Boy’s epileptic fits stop after he visits US and uses cannabis

Doctors are successfully using cannabis to treat a schoolboy with an ‘uncontrollable’ form of epilepsy.

Billy Caldwell, 11, from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland has been suffering frequent and life-threatening seizures for almost all his life.

But he’s gone 15 days without a fit after doctors in Los Angeles started giving him daily doses of cannabis oil to swallow. His mother Charlotte, who flew to the US with him now hopes politicians in the UK will legalise the drug for medicinal use.

‘Billy isn’t sitting smoking joints, obviously, he gets daily syringes of the oil into his mouth – and the results speak for themselves,’ said Charlotte.

‘Billy has been taking the cannabis oil for a few weeks now. He hasn’t had a seizure for 16 days when before he was having around seven every week.

‘Not only has the cannabis oil significantly reduced his seizures, his wee personality is starting to come out.

‘I have being living with Billy for the last 11 years, I can honestly say I don’t think it was the real Billy! There is a wee twinkle in his eye, he is becoming more aware of his surroundings and less imbalanced, eating more and becoming more mischievous!’

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