Friday 18 August 2017

Mother's tears after fruitless meeting with Health Minister

Vera Twomey places her hands on the gates of Dail Eireann following completion of her protest march from Cork in support of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regualation Bill. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Vera Twomey places her hands on the gates of Dail Eireann following completion of her protest march from Cork in support of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regualation Bill. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A mother who walked from Cork to Dublin to have a meeting with Simon Harris to get vital treatment for her seven-year-old daughter has been left heartbroken as she is still waiting on vital documents.

Vera Twomey, whose daughter Ava (7) suffers from Dravet Syndrome which involves intractable epilepsy, has led the charge for access to medicinal cannabis.

She undertook the 260km walk from Cork to Leinster House in an effort to urge Simon Harris to grant access to medicinal cannabis.

However, Vera was "left in tears" following a four and a half hour meeting with Mr Harris in which he failed to provide her with the vital documentation she needs.

She said she was forced to return home without the necessary papers , causing "serious concern" for the family.

A spokesperson for The Department of Health said: "The Minister is pleased that Ava Barry has an appointment with her consultant tomorrow and he believes this is the appropriate place for clinical decisions to be made."

Irish Independent

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