Photographs of Vera Twomey in Cahir, County Tipperary. Vera has to walk 263Km from Cork to Dublin to get medicine for her daughter Ava. The Irish State is working against her.
The medicine isn’t expensive. It’s cannabis, to be used for medicinal purposes to control Ava’s seizures. Cannabis is legal in other parts of Europe, and in most of the United States of America. It’s non-toxic, non-lethal, non-addictive, written about in the bible, and a plant with which humans are co-evolved. Humans have used cannabis naturally for about 5,000 years. It’s good for pain relief, seizure control, and many other uses.
In the ‘Republic’ of Ireland it is illegal.
Ava has dozens of seizures a day. Vera fears they will kill the young 6 year old. And still the inexpensive and natural medicine cannot be legally used by Ava.
Tomorrow Vera starts from Cahir at 08:30 and heads via New Inn to Cashel. Please come out and support her. If you can walk a little with her or contact your TD it would help 6 year old Ava hugely.
Cahir House Hotel offered to accommodate Vera overnight at no charge; Vera is spending tonight instead with supporters she has met along the way. Similar support has already been offered in Cashel. Such is the level of generosity shown by ordinary people.
This stands in contrast with the treatment Vera and Ava have received from Minister for Health Simon Harris, and the mistreatment they have received at the hands of the HSE.
If you’re an ordinary citizen who understands that a Mum shouldn’t have to battle alone against the State, here’s how you can help:
- Can you share this post?
- Can you raise awareness by phoning a radio station?
- Can you send an email to email@example.com to complain about both his actions and inaction?
- Can you come out and walk with Vera?
- Can you sign the petition?
- Can you bother the TDs in your constituency with phone calls and emails?
Only people power can change this situation. That means you.
(You can see for yourself a video of young Ava here)