CANNABIS FOR COLE

Des­per­ate mum wants son, 6, to get chance of a nor­mal life

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREA LAMBROU

“This is my smil­ing lit­tle Christ­mas elf. But at 4am ev­ery morn­ing the epilep­tic seizures start. He’s shak­ing, gar­gling and his eyes are flick­er­ing. I lay next to him, stroking his head and say­ing mummy is here, tears pour­ing down my face. This is like a hor­ri­ble night­mare. We need...

Cole Thom­son’s dis­traught mother this week made a heart-wrench­ing plea for a life-sav­ing cannabis cure so her boy can have a fight­ing chance of a seizure-free Christ­mas.

With time run­ning out to source the po­ten­tially mirac­u­lous drug six-year-old Cole so des­per­ately needs to cure his paralysing stroke-like seizures, mum Lisa Quar­rell has bravely spo­ken out about her re­cur­ring night­mare – and laid bare the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact these trau­matic episodes are hav­ing on the New­landsmuir lad’s health.

The News has told how the sin­gle mum-oftwo is bat­tling for ac­cess to med­i­cal cannabis to save her se­verely epilep­tic son’s life.

Lisa, 37, has pleaded with pol­icy-mak­ers, begged for back­ing from politi­cians while rais­ing thou­sands of pounds for other des­per­ate fam­i­lies – and she launched the UK-wide Par­ents of Hope cam­paign to push for the re­form of the cur­rent laws around the use of cannabis for med­i­ca­tion.

Lisa took to so­cial me­dia to share the heartbreak she en­dures ev­ery sin­gle day as she watches her lit­tle one de­te­ri­o­rate be­fore her eyes. She posted: “My lit­tle Christ­mas elf took an­other seizure in school and af­ter­wards wouldn’t eat or com­mu­ni­cate with any­one in school. He was rock­ing back and for­ward and not cop­ing so a phone call to my mum to go get him and I left work early from Ed­in­burgh.

“He was bet­ter and eat­ing when I got home and the rest of the day was a mix­ture of smiles and tantrums be­cause he was ex­hausted. Bathed and tucked up in bed un­til the seizures start again...usu­ally about 4am.

“This is like a hor­ri­ble night­mare I can’t wake up from...ev­ery night and ev­ery morn­ing watch­ing my poor boy suf­fer, two min­utes, some­times two-and-a-half minute long seizures...he’s shak­ing, gar­gling, his chest is pump­ing, his eyes are flick­er­ing, he wets him­self...while I lay next to him gen­tly stroking his head, say­ing: ‘you’re okay baby boy, mummy’s here,’ while my heart’s break­ing and tears are pour­ing down my face. That’s the aw­ful sick­en­ing re­al­ity.

“I know there’s a chance that med­i­cal cannabis will help but noth­ing I do gets me any closer to get­ting my hands on it. Cole needs this now. My fam­ily and friends need an­swers now. I won’t stop.”

Plea Lisa Quar­rell

Christ­mas plea Lisa Quar­rell

Broth­ery love Cole is all dressed up for the fes­tive sea­son with big brother Dy­lan

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