Minister for Health signs licence to allow Ava Barry access medicinal cannabis

Minister for Health signs licence to allow Ava Barry access medicinal cannabis

The campaigning mother of a girl battling drug resistant epilepsy has expressed her joy after the Government granted a licence for her to be treated with medicinal cannabis.

Diagnosed at four months, Ava Twomey suffers with a rare genetic condition, known as Dravet Syndrome, which, untreated, can result in up to 20 epileptic seizures a day.

"I just want to pass on the good news".

Speaking to JOE previous year, Vera Twomey revealed the progress Ava had made while taking Charlotte's Web, a particular brand of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD, saying: "My daughter has started speaking, before October (2016) she wasn't speaking at all".

Ms Twomey has recently been accessing similar treatment for her daughter in the Netherlands.

He said it was the third such licence he's signed since becoming the Minister for Justice.

She said she wanted to thank everybody for their support, adding that the family will be home for Christmas.

Earlier this month, we spoke to Vera, who revealed that the family were trying to look to Christmas, but as she put it "We can't make a plan".

"We just can't wait to get her home to Aghabullogue and she'll be even better there".

Last year, Cork boy Tristan Forde, three, who also has a severe form of epilepsy, became the first person in Ireland to be legally allowed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the licence in the Dáil earlier today.

She said they would be home "as soon as they can". The Minister stressed that "all licence applications that have been validly submitted with the support of a monitoring consultant in Ireland have been granted".



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