Published: 16:58, 27 May 2020
| Updated: 17:28, 27 May 2020
A 10-year-old girl who suffers up to 300 seizures a day has been rushed into intensive care after her mum ran out of money to pay for the medicinal cannabis she needs.
Teagan Appleby, who is severely epileptic, took a turn for the worse at her Aylesham home on Sunday and was taken to the Evelina Children's Hospital in London.
Her parents Emma Appleby and Lee Moore blame her deterioration on the lower strength version of the drug they have had to give Teagan because the stronger cannabinboid is not available on the NHS and costing the family £2,500 a month.
"We've had a supply for a few months thanks to a very generous donation and it's been a massive benefit for Teagan in considerably reducing her fitting, "said Emma.
"But when that ran out, we had to go back to the NHS one and there was a definite decline in her health."
Teagan was initially taken to the QEQM hospital in Margate but then transferred to London in an induced coma in an intensive care paediatric specialist ambulance.
She came out of intensive care today and is now on a ward with her mum at her bedside.
Emma, who works as a service manager for A&C Pumps in Aylesham, and lives in Milner Crescent with partner Lee, has set up a fund raising page to help pay for Teagan's medication.
She has even gone as far as Holland to buy the drug, only for it to be confiscated by customs officials at Southend Airport.
The family is also hoping that Health Secretary Matt Hancock will relax the rules on importing specialists drugs for cases like Teagan's after he indicated he was seeking further advice from medical experts.
To support Teagan's fundraising page, go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sambowen?utm_term=7VARyWb5N.