Cork Mum’s second epic walk to access cannabis for her sick child

Cork Mum's second epic walk to access cannabis for her sick child

Cork mum Vera Twomey has embarked on a second 155 mile walk from Cork to Dublin in a bid to get Health Minister Simon Harris to allow her daughter access medicinal cannabis.

Vera’s seven-year-old daughter Ava Barry has a drug-resistant form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome which can cause her to have up to twenty seizures a day. The heartbroken mum-of-four, from Aghabullogue, has led a high-profile campaign for legislation that will allow Ava to get a prescription for medicinal marijuana, which she says will reduce her daughter’s seizures by ninety percent.
Speaking to HerFamily this morning Vera said that she is still awaiting a response from the Health Minister,

“I’m just outside Mitchelstown at the moment, it’s very wet and miserable. We haven’t heard anything from Simon Harris or the HSE.
I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have to. I have four children and I’ve had to walk out on them. Ava is seven, Sophia is five, Michael is four, and my youngest Elvera-Mae is only two.
No mother should have to leave their family to get legislative change but there has been no justice for my child.”

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