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]>> Four-year-old Nora has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, she relies on these vital drugs, which are imported, to stop her suffering daily seizures. There are now just 56 days until Britain is set to leave the European Union and Nora's mother is desperate. To stockpile the life-saving medicine in case politicians fails to strike an exit deal that supplies a hit.
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But there is a serious problem, they're only available on a monthly prescription.>> I can't go out and buy these medicines, it doesn't matter even if I had all the money in the world, I can't go buy these medicines because they're prescription-only medicines. I have no way of securing my child's future.
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>> With the clock ticking, British lawmakers are still struggling to agree on a withdrawal treaty. MPs resoundingly rejected the Prime Minister's proposal last month. So as things stand, Britain will leave the block on March the 29th without a deal, creating widespread fears that food and medical supply chains will be severely disrupted.
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So if she misses a dose, she could end up with five minutes-plus seizures very quickly within days. Worst case is catastrophic, it could mean life and death basically. And I don't want to find out, I really don't want to find out what the consequences of this all is.
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>> About three quarters of medicines used by Britain's health service come via the European Union. Britain's PM, Theresa May, a type I diabetic has said she herself relies on insulin produced in another EU country. Last August, the health secretary outlined plans for an extra six weeks of medical supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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In January, he said Britain had bought 5,000 fridges to hold provisions in secured warehouse space. Many Britains though aren't convinced and are storing away everything from child's painkillers to medicines for serious conditions. And hospitals are concerned operations might have to be cancelled because of a drug shortage. The government's urging people not to build up medical supplies at all, saying that it risks there not being enough for other patients.
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But for families like Nora's, it might be a risk worth taking.>> A huge part of me really, really hopes I'm completely wrong on this, I really hope, I've never wanted to be wrong more in my life. And I want to get to April and find everything seemingly good.
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But if I'm right, then we are in for one hell of a time.