Billy begins 150 mile trek to fund American epilepsy treatment

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A CO Tyrone child with life-threatening epilepsy is in “really high spirits” after starting a 150 mile walk to fund vital treatment in America.

Billy Caldwell (11) began his journey from his home town Castlederg yesterday morning, with the final destination the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast next Wednesday.

There, Billy and his mother Charlotte will meet Aidan Dawson, Interim Director of Specialist Hospitals and Women’s Health at the Belfast Trust to discuss the child’s treatment.

Last month, Billy returned home from Los Angeles after six months of cannabis oil treatment to control his life-threatening seizures.

The purpose of the charity walk to help fund Billy’s care and make his case to the Department of Health, with the aim of receiving his treatment in the north on a full-time basis.

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