My daughter’s seizures reduced by 95% on medical cannabis – why is it not available on the NHS?
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Three-year-old Clover Carkeet’s seizures have reduced by 95 per cent with medical cannabis – so why has her family had to fight so hard to maintain access to it? Clover had her first seizure at just 12 weeks old. Doctors diagnosed her with infantile spasms, a ‘catastrophic’ form of epilepsy that is among the most brain-damaging conditions of its kind. Early signs of the condition were discovered when her mum, Emily Carkeet, was 30 weeks pregnant. She was told that Clover was missing the part of her brain that connects the left hemisphere to the right, known in medicine as the corpus callosum. Seventy five per cent of newborns with the condition will grow up to live completely normal lives, but sadly Clover is among the minority that develops neurological issues from early childhood. Like many children diagnosed with rare forms of epilepsy, Clover was started on a heavy dose of steroids which she took for six weeks. “It was a really awful time for us,” Emily recalls. “They made her extremely poorly. She was so upset and angry. She was basically just staring into space.” After the steroids, Clover was started on a strong antiepileptic drug called vigabatrin, with her enjoying five months without seizures. The freedom gave her the chance to develop, and even learn to crawl. Spencer, Emily and Clover Carkeet Trying CBD But it wasn’t just the vigabatrin that was aiding her recovery, Emily believes. When Clover was four months old, her parents began giving her tiny doses of over-the-counter CBD oil called Hayleigh’s Hope. In the early days of Clover’s diagnosis, Emily had connected with hundreds of families whose children suffered from similar conditions. “I was always searching for the answers for Clover,” Emily says. “I found that the children who were taking some form…
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