IT was hardly noticeable at first, but the glassy-eyed stare triggered a mother’s intuition. Charlotte Caldwell was in bed reading a newspaper when her four-month-old son Billy woke in his Moses basket and stared at the ceiling for a minute. When he did it a second time, she knew something was not right. And within a couple of hours, Billy was in an ambulance suffering his first grand mal epileptic seizure. Charlotte said: “It was horrific. They started cutting his clothes off and had to get oxygen in him. “It was the most frightening thing I’ve ever witnessed in my whole life.” That first fit lasted seven and a half hours. Such severe epilepsy can cause around 100 seizures a day, requires medication to stop the fits — and meant Billy was not expected to survive to his first birthday. But 12 years on, he is a happy boy who loves swimming and horse- riding, and thanks to the enormous determination of his mother, should be able to have a good quality of life. On Tuesday, Charlotte scored a huge victory in her fight to legalise the use of cannabis oil, which has stopped Billy’s seizures, when Home Secretary Sajid… Read full this story
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