CORK mother Vera Twomey said her daughter Ava’s treatment with medicinal cannabis had finally begun.
Ms Twomey fought a long campaign to get access to the drugs in Ireland for her daughter, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravets Syndrome.
The family recently made the decision to travel to the Netherlands to obtain the treatment they believe will benefit Ava. She is now under the care of Dutch doctors.
“We’ve been here in Holland for a few days,” Ms Twomey said on Facebook.
“Today we had a doctor’s appointments and her CBD and THC medication has been prescribed."
“We’ll begin Ava on the combination in the morning.”
The young girl was also given additional supplements and her mother said: “We’ll take it from there and we will see how she does.”
Ms Twomey said medical staff they had met were ‘confused and appalled’ to hear the treatment was not available to Ava in Ireland. She encouraged supporters to keep campaigning for increasing access to the medication here.
“Don’t give up the ghost on legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Ireland. If anything, coming over here has made me see that the ordinary people in this country - they think it is a fantastic alternative, a fantastic treatment and that’s the way that is should be.
“I hope that is the way that it will be over in Ireland as soon as it can be.” She thanked everyone for their support and said, “We will hopefully have good news and let you know how Ava does on medical THC and CBD in the coming days.”