Cork Mother Make Medicinal Cannabis Plea on Way Through Tipp


The mother of a 7 year-old girl with a severe form of epilepsy has said that she is touched by the kindness she has been shown as she travels through Co Tipperary.

Vera Twomey is currently undertaking a walk from Cork to Leinster House as she continues to publicly demand that the HSE allow her daughter Ava access to medicinal cannabis.  Vera says that Ava can suffer as many as 20 seizures a day, many of which can be quite severe and violent.  However, despite exhausting the range of drugs available to deal with it, she says that the legal component of cannabis – CBD – is the only one that has been effective in treating her daughter.  Its effectiveness would be greatly increased, she says, if it were to be combined with another ingredient – THC – which is the psychoactive part of the drug that is illegal.

Despite her daughter’s need, the HSE recently turned down Vera’s application to have the drug made available to her daughter.

Speaking to TMWR this morning Vera issued a plea for public support and for the public to call on their politicians and demand that the matter be addressed urgently.