The Tyrone GP who wrote a groundbreaking prescription for medicinal cannabis this week said he did so because his patient’s welfare outweighed all other issues.
Dr Brendan O’Hare of Castlederg Group Surgery made the recommendation that 11-year-old Billy Caldwell, who suffers from life-threatening epilepsy, should continue to receive medicinal cannabis oil which is illegal in Northern Ireland.
Billy had been to Los Angeles earlier this year where he responded extremely well to the oil, which can be used legally in California.
However, the supplies his family brought home were about to run out which prompted Dr O’Hare to sign a prescription on Wednesday for his patient to continue to use the drug which has seen him go for more than 80 days without a seizure.
Dr O’Hare said his action was in response to a “crisis” situation.
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