Teagan Appleby from Milner Crescent, in Aylesham, is an 8-year-old girl who has one of the UK’s worst cases of epilepsy.
The girl has a rare chromosomal abnormality called Isodicentric 15. Her condition has also progressed to a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Teagan suffers up to 300 seizures per day and is wheelchair-bound. And recently, she had required life-saving treatment five times in just an eight-day period.
The girl takes two types of daily medication, which, for most cases, are used only as rescue drug to prevent a patient’s death. According to Teagan’s mother, Emma Appleby, this medication is actually unlicensed but is nevertheless prescribed by the National Health Service due to the severity of her daughter’s condition.
Experts have pointed to clinical trials that advocate cannabis oil as effective treatment for ailments such as Teagan’s. What’s more, a few UK cases have emerged, including those of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell.
MP Elphicke steps in
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke is urging Home Secretary Sajid Javid to grant Teagan a license to undergo cannabis oil treatment. He requested a license for both THC and CBD forms of cannabis oil.
Elphicke has already met with Ms. Appleby and he has written to Mr. Javid to urge him to intervene in Teagan’s case.
According to Elphicke, it is every parent’s worst nightmare if they could see their child suffering from so much pain.
He noted that the Home Secretary has formed a panel to review the issue of medical cannabis, but while the review is underway, an 8-year-old girl is terribly suffering.
Elphicke said that Teagan’s family is trying their best, but with traditional and accepted medication being a failure, they next step would involve risky and dangerous procedures on the girl’s brain.
The family, he added, wants to explore all other available options. That is why he urged the Home Secretary to grant Teagan the license.
He also assured the family that he will keep working with them to try and ensure that it it happens.