A YOUNG Dunamanagh man who suffered over 100 epileptic seizures in one day is hopeful the relief he has experienced by taking medicinal cannabis oil for the last three months will continue indefinitely.
Robert Scott, (22) was just four when he was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological disorder which is marked by sudden and recurrent seizures.
For almost ten years after his diagnoses Robert was ‘seizure free’ until the horrendous disease came back into his life when he was 14.
By the time Robert turned 21 his condition had deteriorated so much that he was admitted to hospital after taking a total of 107 minor seizures in just one day.
Frustrated by the lack of relief provided by pharmaceutical medications Robert and his family decided to try Billy’s Bud CBD, a form of medicinal cannabis oil named after Castlederg child Billy Caldwell.
As a result of taking the medicinal cannabis Robert has not experienced any major seizures for the last 11 weeks and his minor seizures have reduced significantly per episodes – previously they lasted from one minute 30 seconds and now they have reduced to between 10 and 30 seconds.
Keen to highlight the positive impact Billy’s Bud CBD has had on his life Robert explains, “I have been taking Billy Bud CBD for three months and I have definitely noticed an improvement.
“In the past when I took other medicine I suffered from severe bouts of memory loss, which for me was one of the worst side effects of my epileptic seizures. When I used to come round from a seizure I wouldn’t even know it had happened, I would just go on as normal. Sometimes I couldn’t even remember what I did the day before and no matter how hard I tried I wouldn’t be able to remember even though I wanted to.
“That was extremely difficult to accept. But that has changed, for example with my last seizure, which was only a few days ago, I was able to remember things as quickly as five minutes after taking it.”
Currently under 24-hour care and no longer able to drive or work the restrictions epilepsy has placed in Robert’s life are understandably frustrating.
“Everyday is a different day, I just have to take it as it comes. Seeing the success CBD has had on Billy and others means I will continue to use it and hopefully someday I will be able to get back to living a normal life. Getting back to work and getting back on the tractor, that is my dream.”
Meanwhile Charlotte Caldwell mother of Billy says she is overwhelmed by Robert and others progress since taking Billy’s Bud. “This is a slow process and Robert and his family understand that” said Charlotte. “Epilepsy is a brutal condition, however in three months they are already seeing vast improvements and I can’t even express how delighted I am for Robert and his family.”