Watton mum Callie Blackwell talks about saving her son with cannabis on Loose Women

PUBLISHED: 13:52 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:45 23 October 2017

Callie Blackwell has released a book detailing the journey of her son Deryn's battle with cancer and recovery. Picture: Ian Burt

Callie Blackwell has released a book detailing the journey of her son Deryn's battle with cancer and recovery. Picture: Ian Burt

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A mum from Watton who gave her dying son cannabis in an attempt to help him has appeared on ITV’s Loose Women.

Callie Blackwell joined Ruth Langsfield, Coleen Nolan, Jane Moore and Gloria Hunniford OBE on the show along with her son Deryn on Monday, October 23.

Mrs Blackwell was there to discuss why she thinks cannabis should be legalised for medical use as well as her book The Boy in 7 Billion.

MORE: Watton mother Callie Blackwell will campaign at Parliament to legalise cannabis after she gave it to her ill son

Diagnosed at 10 with leukaemia, 18 months later Deryn, was told he had he had another cancer - the rare Langerhans cell sarcoma.

Deryn was given mere days to live by doctors when he was 13 after undergoing three failed bone marrow transplants. In attempt to help ease her son’s pain, Mrs Blackwell secretly gave him cannabis in a liquid form and says the drug saved his life.

MORE: Mum of cancer sufferer Deryn Blackwell describes torment of giving her son cannabis to ‘alleviate his suffering’ in new book

Prior to her appearance on Loose Women, Mrs Blackwell told this paper: “Twice I watched cannabis save my son’s life when all other treatment had failed.

“I took his life in my hands and it saved him.”

She added: “It is a matter of life and death and people are suffering needlessly every day. We cannot keep being quiet. We need people to say I consume it and it helps me.”

Viewers at home flocked to social media to share their thoughts on the segment, with many people supporting Mrs Blackwell’s decision.

Angie Kay tweeted: “Wow, I take my hat off to you, words fail me to express how much I admire you, you are a mum in a million.”

Karen Reilly added: “Brilliant lady. So eloquent and really answered the questions so well. Well done you.”

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