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Medicinal cannabis for epileptic Teagan Appleby, of Aylesham, seized from mother Emma for the second time

A woman has had her daughter's medicinal cannabis seized at the airport for the second time .

Emma Appleby had come back from Holland yesterday afternoon and had the medication taken by Border Force officials at Gatwick.

The treatment drug, in oil form, is needed for her daughter Teagan, nine, of Aylesham who has severe epilepsy.

Teagan Appleby - cannabis oil has greatly improved her condition
Teagan Appleby - cannabis oil has greatly improved her condition

When the previous batch was seized at the airport in April she got it back through a dispensing pharmacy after jumping bureaucratic hoops.

She told Kent Online: "It's demoralising but this is not a shock as it has happened before.

"The cannabis oil was marked to be detained but not destroyed.

"They said I would get it back so why take it from me in the first place?

"At least I have two weeks' supply from the previous trip so that can keep Teagan going until I get this supply returned."

Miss Appleby will apply for its return via the NHS.

She had been accompanied on this trip by Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi who has campaigned for greater access to medical cannabis.

She will now raise this as a urgent question in Parliament on Monday.

Emma and Teagan Appleby
Emma and Teagan Appleby

Miss Appleby had now obtained a prescription from a private consultant in Britain after the previous batch was confiscated at Southend Airport although returned days later.

But she was yesterday told that even with that she still needed an import licence.

Teagan has an extreme epilepsy that caused 300 fits a day before the cannabis oil she is now taking reduced that to five a day and only in her sleep.

Following NHS trials showing cannabis oil reduces seizure it can now be legally prescribed by specialist doctors.

But there have been delays due to restrictive guidelines and supply problems.

Getting them imported by private prescription costs £6,000 but going abroad for them costs just £2,500.

The family's MP, Dover's Charlie Elphicke, has backed Ms Appleby's campaign for an NHS prescription. He has raised the matter with the Home Office and Department of Health.

The Home Office has been contacted for comment following this second medication seizure.

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