"Cannabis saved my daughter's life", Says the mother of a 6 year old in Aston Villa

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Footballer Gabby Agbonlahor's six-year-old niece Jayla is the UK's youngest legally approved Class B drug user. 

The parents of a young brain-damaged girl who once faced regular seizures have credited cannabis oil with saving their daughter's life.

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Six-year-old Jayla Agbonlahor, whose father Charisma is the brother of Aston Villa star Gabby, was rushed to the hospital just days after her first birthday when she mysteriously stopped breathing.

Doctors have been unable to diagnose exactly what happened to the young girl, who was left unable to walk, talk, eat or drink and wracked by regular seizures after the attack.

Mum Louise Bostock tried everything to help her little girl, from medication to having her blessed in the holy water at Lourdes.

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When medics at Birmingham Children's Hospital told her that Jayla was resistant to conventional medication she turned to cannabis oil in desperation and was amazed to see it helping her daughter.

Despite initially being summoned to safeguarding meetings over its use, Louise fought for the right to treat Jayla with the plant and says Jayla is now the UK's youngest legally approved Class B drug user.

Louise, 33, stumbled across articles proclaiming the alleged medical benefits of cannabis oil when Jayla was four-years-old and started a quest to source the drug in secret.

Once she began administering it to her daughter she noticed a real change, with Jayla beginning to smile and eat properly and even facing fewer seizures.

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But when she admitted to nurses that she was using cannabis oil she was immediately summoned to a meeting with police and council officials.

Louise was given clearance to use the drug in 2015. However, she still cannot obtain it through prescription and is forced to buy cannabis packages from Holland, with a £80 order lasting around one month.

Louise now wants to see the NHS approving the use of the drug for patients of all ages, and particularly children like Jayla who suffer through prolonged pain.

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