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Sinn Féin attend launch of the Billy Caldwell Foundation

13 October, 2008

Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff today attended the launch of the Billy Caldwell Foundation IN Stormont today. The foundation aims to help sufferers of Severe Intractable Epilepsy.

Speaking after the launch Mr McElduff said:

"At the launch of the Billy Caldwell Foundation today I was pleased to renew my acquaintance with the Caldwell family. Billy is making great progress and is now walking with the help of intensive physiotherapy and a walking aid.

"This alone validates his mothers, Charlottes decision to secure the best possible treatment for her son in Chicago.

"The launch of the Billy Caldwell Foundation aims to raise awareness of Billy's condition but also to raise funds to help other children's and families who suffer from this condition and to establish a local centre of excellence to treat this illness.

"So far there has been no support coming from the Minister of Health, Michael McGimpsey. The Minister cannot afford to walk on the other side of the road from Billy Caldwell. Other children and families are affected by severe intractable epilepsy and will benefit if young Billy is supported by the department of Health.

"The Minister for Health has to step up to plate and either provide the monies for treating severe intractable epilepsy in the North of Ireland or indeed contribute to the costs of sufferers being treated in the USA." CRÍOCH

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