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Teagan Appleby from Aylesham allowed to use medicinal cannabis to treat severe epilepsy, confirms Health Secretary Matt Hancock

By Geoffrey Bew

A severely epileptic girl who has up to 300 fits a day has been granted the right to use vital cannabis-based medication that was confiscated from her mum.

Nine-year-old Teagan Appleby was denied the chance to use the medication when it was taken off her mum Emma by officials at Southend Airport earlier this week.

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock tonight confirmed the the medicine would be returned to the family.

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Nine-year-old Teagan Appleby has severe epilepsy
Nine-year-old Teagan Appleby has severe epilepsy

He posted on Twitter: "Happy to say that Teagan Appleby's cannabis-based medicine has arrived and is ready to be collected.

"We are working hard across government to ensure we get these medicines to those who need them."

The news was welcomed by Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke who said: "Great news - Teagan has one of the most serious cases of child epilepsy in the country and this will make a massive difference to her quality of life."

WATCH: Teagan's mum explains the benefits of the cannabis medication

Teagan, who lives in Milner Crescent, Aylesham, suffers an acute form of epilepsy caused by rare chromosome deficiency called Isodicentric 15, which is life-threatening.

Her 35-year-old mum last week travelled to Holland to bring a three-month dose of THC oil and cannabidiol (CBD) back to help her daughter.

She made the trip after failing to secure a prescription from UK doctors.

But the medication was confiscated by officials when she arrived at Southend Airport on Saturday.

Miss Appleby said wheelchair-bound Teagan was not doing well at the moment and said the medication could change her life.

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