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South Suffolk MP calls for action after medicinal cannabis seized from family of young Clare girl with epilepsy


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


The MP for South Suffolk has called for immediate action from the Home Office, after medical cannabis used to treat a young girl with severe symptoms of epilepsy was seized at an airport.

Indie-Rose Clarry, five, from Clare, suffers from Dravet syndrome – a genetic condition that causes debilitating seizures and sleep deprivation.

Her father, Anthony, was stopped at Stansted Airport, where he was forced to hand over a supply of cannabis oil, which had been brought back from the Netherlands to treat his daughter.

Clare, Suffolk. A series of fundraisers are being held in Clare to raise money for local girl Indie-Rose Clarry, who has Dravet Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which causes epileptic seizures. Her parents, Tannine and Anthony, are hoping to take her to Holland, where she can be treated with cannabis oil, which has been found to be an effective treatment for epilepsy also pictured young Greyson...Picture by Mark Westley. (14609503)
Clare, Suffolk. A series of fundraisers are being held in Clare to raise money for local girl Indie-Rose Clarry, who has Dravet Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which causes epileptic seizures. Her parents, Tannine and Anthony, are hoping to take her to Holland, where she can be treated with cannabis oil, which has been found to be an effective treatment for epilepsy also pictured young Greyson...Picture by Mark Westley. (14609503)

Anthony’s wife, Tannine, of Maxim Lane, confirmed the family was waiting to hear when the medication would be returned.

James Cartlidge has raised the matter with government officials.

“I was obviously very concerned to hear that Anthony had been stopped at Border Force and that Indie-Rose’s medication had been seized,” he said.

Tannine Montgomery with Indie-Rose by the beacon at Clare Castle Country Park (14609506)
Tannine Montgomery with Indie-Rose by the beacon at Clare Castle Country Park (14609506)

“I immediately contacted Kit Malthouse MP, the Home Office minister responsible for Border Force, and insisted that the medication be released back to the family as soon as possible.

“I understand that the Home Office is working with the Health Department to see what can be done to assist my constituents.”

Mr Cartlidge added that he would request a long-term solution for the family in a letter to both the Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge. (14609518)
South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge. (14609518)


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