Article by Paul Cullen, Irish Times
A Co Tyrone woman whose son with epilepsy is being treated with medicinal cannabis in the US, has said she is unable to return to Ireland because the treatment is illegal here.
Charlotte Caldwell and her 11-year-old son Billy, from Castlederg, are living in Los Angeles so he can be treated for a severe form of epilepsy.
Billy is taking cannabis oil containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis, to reduce the frequency and severity of his seizures while he awaits surgery.
Ms Caldwell said they are unable to travel back to Ireland because the treatment is illegal here and she does not want to be “criminalised”.
“We’re in a horrendous situation. We’re isolated from friends and family here. We’re like refugees,” she said, speaking by phone from the US.