A mum-of-three is calling for medical cannabis to be made available on the NHS in Scotland to help her five-year-old son who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy.
Karen Gray from East Craigs, has launched a petition for Cannabidiol (CBD) oil to be prescribed to her son Murray in the hope it will to reduce the “nightmare” seizures that the brave youngster has to endure.
She told the Evening News: “People who are supplying the CBD oil are saving lives and surely that’s a job for the NHS.”
Murray was diagnosed with Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy (MAE) at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in December after suffering 12 seizures in one month. He is currently in hospital where he is taking five different types of medicine, including steroids, which doctors believe may control his spasms.
The case is similar to that of Alfie Dingley, six, from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, who has 20 to 30 seizures a day. His family are campaigning to have cannabis oil made available for medical purposes and Home Office ministers are looking at the possibility of a drug trial to help him.
Karen said: “Murray’s been having chronic seizures since has was two years old, but only about three a year at that time. He lies down and starts to shake. Then last year they started to get a lot worse – he had six of them up until December and then he had 12 that month.
“It’s an absolute stress but you’ve got to stay calm. It’s a nightmare just watching him, you can’t do anything and you feel totally helpless.”
Karen said her son, who is a P1 at Clermiston Primary School, has only been able to attend for three weeks since starting and is missing out on his education and time with