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Billy Caldwell, the 12 year old boy with autism suffering from epilepsy, who sparked a national debate on cannabis oil, has received a license from the Northern Irish Authorities to be treated at home. 

The family, originally from County Tryone, is currently residing in London, where Sajid Javid, the British home secretary, granted them an emergency license for Bill to be treated with cannabis oil. 

Billy Caldwell was the first child to be prescribed medicinal cannabis oil on the NHS. After being treated with the oil, Billy reportedly went 300 days without a seizure, before the Home Office ordered his GP not to renew his prescription due to UK law. 

As a result of the move, Billy’s mother took him to Canada to get the medicine, but had it seized at Heathrow airport due to the country’s drug laws. In the days after, Bill’s health rapidly deteriorated and was taken to a hospital in “life threatening” condition after his seizures returned. 

As a result of the public outcry, Javid responded by giving the family an emergency license to treat Billy with the oil, one that has since be mirrored by Northern Ireland. 

Billy’s story gripped international headlines as outdated drug laws are being thrust into the spotlight all around the world, including in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. 

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/05/billy-caldwell-heads-home-amid-doubts-over-cannabis-oil-access-northern-irleand-medication-epilepsy

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