Vera Twomey heading towards Monasterevin this afternoon
“What would you do if it was your child, and if there was a solution out there that could ease your child’s suffering? What would you do to go and get it?”
Cork mother Vera Twomey had those heartbreaking words for politicians as her marathon walk from her home county to Dublin reached Kildare this afternoon.
Vera is walking in a bid to get Health Minister Simon Harris to allow her daughter access medicinal cannabis on compassionate grounds.
Vera began the 260km walk from her home to the Dáil on Monday as a protest against decisions to restrict her daughter Ava, who has rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome, from accessing the drug.
“Ava had another seizure this morning. I was supposed to see my family today. They were supposed to be coming up, but the epilepsy took over again and she was flattened by another seizure this morning,” she told the Leader.
She said she was tired of meeting politicians, and she will not be leaving Dublin without the drugs for her daughter.
Outside the Final Furlong pub in Ballybrittas, just on the Kildare-Laois border, Brian Mahoney said that consultants can’t prescribe an illegal drug, and the kind of cannabis oil that Ava needs are illegal in Ireland.
Brian’s own son, Cillian, 5, has epilepsy. He has accompanied Vera from Mallow on her walk.
There was a great welcome from locals for Vera as she made it into Kildare this afternoon.
There was a great welcome for Vera Twomey on the back roads towards Monasterevin this afternoon
Her route through the county will take in Monasterevin, Kildare town, Newbridge and Naas.
She is staying at the Curragh tonight with friends, and leaving on her journey again from Kildare town tomorrow morning, Monday.
Photo: Vera Twomey on the road into Kildare this afternoon. Photo: Pierce Kennedy/Twitter