Char­lotte Cald­well tells au­thor­i­ties she won’t take her son home to die

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY JILLY BEATTIE

CHAR­LOTTE Cald­well has moved into a prop­erty in North Lon­don af­ter whis­pers from Govern­ment man­darins her son’s health must be treated as a de­volved is­sue.

The de­voted mother from Cas­tled­erg in Co Ty­rone is furious 12-year-old Billy is be­ing de­nied ac­cess to cannabis oil which is stop­ping him from hav­ing up to 100 seizures a day.

She said: “I’m stay­ing put and Billy is stay­ing put.

“We are both Bri­tish ci­ti­zens and I can be a cit­i­zen of Lon­don, 500 miles from where Billy was born, if it means he gets to live.

“I will not be told to take him home to die.

“I was told by a hospi­tal in Belfast to take him home to die when he was two years old. That was 10 years ago and we are still here bat­tling on.

“Well we’re not go­ing. We’re here to fight for Billy and all the other chil­dren who need anti-epilepsy med­i­ca­tion de­rived from cannabis plants.

“I’d say the Govern­ment will know by now I’m not one to give up on my son.

“And no Govern­ment man­darin whis­per­ing in cor­ri­dors is ca­pa­ble of ei­ther fright­en­ing me or forc­ing me to do the wrong thing by my son and all the other chil­dren who need help.”

A source re­vealed Govern­ment of­fi­cials were con­cerned with the at­ten­tion be­ing gen­er­ated by the story.

They added: “With the Brexit votes go­ing on the sit­u­a­tion over Billy has been seen as a dis­trac­tion. It is be­ing sug­gested that as Char­lotte and Billy are from North­ern Ire­land then his ac­cess to health­care is a de­volved mat­ter.

“That would pass the pres­sure to Stor­mont and a govern­ment that doesn’t ex­ist. It would take the pres­sure off Nick Hurd [Min­is­ter of State] and no dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions would have to be made.

“The fact Char­lotte would get no fur­ther and Billy’s life would re­main on a knife-edge would not be a mat­ter for West­min­ster. How­ever, Char­lotte is a Bri­tish cit­i­zen and can live any­where she chooses in the UK – in­clud­ing Lon­don.”

The scan­dal took a fresh twist this week with the Tories branded “hyp­ocrites” af­ter their links to medic­i­nal cannabis were re­vealed. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s hus­band’s firm is the largest in­vestor in the UK’S main pro­ducer of the drug. Even though un­der UK law the sub­stance has “no med­i­cal value” and is banned, Philip May’s em­ployer Cap­i­tal Group has in­vested mil­lions in the com­pany that pro­duces it.

It has a 15% stake in GW Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals whose chair­man is Tory donor Ge­of­frey Guy.

Mean­while, the DUP last night sent sup­port to the pro-medic­i­nal cannabis lobby and called for Billy to have his anti-epilepsy med­i­ca­tion re­turned un­til a le­gal de­ci­sion is made.

A spokesman said: “Con­sid­er­a­tion has been given to a spe­cific process where med­i­ca­tion could be pro­vided on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis at the re­quest of an in­di­vid­ual clin­i­cian to a par­tic­u­lar pa­tient for a par­tic­u­lar con­di­tion.”

DONOR Ge­of­frey Guy

LINKS Philip May

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