AN ex-cop has told how she illegally smuggles cannabis oil in a desperate bid to help her epileptic son.
Lisa Quarrell, 38, has made repeated trips to the Netherlands to bring back the product for her lad Cole Thomson, six, who has a rare form of epilepsy that causes up to ten seizures a night.
The mum, of East Kilbride, has spent thousands on trips to bring the drug back illegally.
She told BBC Disclosure show: “I’ve just walked through the airport and seen police officers I used to work with, knowing that I’m about to pick up my baggage that’s got an illegal drug in it, which is just so far beyond my imagination I can’t tell you.”
Cole was fitted for a wheelchair in March because his condition had deteriorated so much.
Lisa said: “I’d sell my house. I would. I can’t let him get sicker. I need to get him better. There’s nothing else for it.”
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Lisa left policing five years ago to look after Cole, who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy as a baby.
She said a bad day for Cole could mean up to 16 seizures, most of which would happen at night.
Lisa added: “He’ll convulse, he’ll click in his mouth, his eyes will roll back, he’ll drop to the floor with no notice.”
“It’s the most heartbreaking thing to watch.
“Two and a half minutes has never felt so long when you’re watching your child take a seizure.
“Cole had never had a dream because he didn’t get to sleep long enough or deep enough to ever have a dream.”
Lisa has been fundraising and travelling to the Netherlands with Karen Gray, 44, from Edinburgh.
Karen is bringing the same product back for her son, Murray, six, who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy.
Karen and Lisa have been back and forth to Holland three times this year at a cost of, they estimate, almost £15,000 between them.
But their trips to Holland might be coming to an end. Last week, Murray and Cole were given a private prescription at the Portland Hospital in London.
The health board responsible for Murray’s care said they could not discuss his case.
But Tracey Gillies, the medical director for NHS Lothian said: “The hospital has to take steps to make sure that the child is looked after as safely as possible and discuss that with others who have a relevant interest in safeguarding children.”
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She said the hospital could not turn a blind eye, adding: “There would be a child protection issue to be consider.”
According to the Home Office, it is illegal to bring the product into the country without an import licence.
Disclosure: Can Cannabis Save My Child? is on BBC 1 Scotland at 21:00 on Wednesday 12 June and on the iPlayer.
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