Alfie Dingley leading a ‘normal, happy’ life thanks to medical cannabis treatment

A seven-year-old boy who was granted a special licence in June to use medicinal cannabis oil is now living a “pretty normal life”, his mother has said. 

Alfie Dingley, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy that was causing up to 150 seizures a month, has not had any seizures since July. 

His mother Hannah Deacon told BBC News that he was doing “amazingly well” after his cannabis oil treatment was reintroduced in June. 

Alfie made headlines in March when his family petitioned the government for him to be allowed to use medical cannabis prescribed in the Netherlands at his home in Kenilworth. 

They found his condition significantly improved, they said. 

Ms Deacon and Alfie’s father, Drew Dingley, had previously moved to the Netherlands with their son after various anti-epileptic medications failed to control his condition in the UK. 

Licences for Alfie to be treated using cannabis were subsequently granted by the Home Office on 19 June

“Today, for the first time ever in this country, we have bought back THC oil through the airport legally, which is amazing,” Ms Deacon said at the time after passing through customs.

Earlier this month, home secretary Sajid Javid announced that doctors in the UK will legally be able to prescribe medical cannabis from November. 

He said that the new legislation means products that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with “an exceptional clinical need”.

  • Oct 31, 2019
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