A family in Australia is celebrating the end of a two-year battle to get their medicines removed from their daughter’s hospital bed.
Jacobi Medical Center in Sydney, Australia, has been under fire for allowing the family to remove the medication from their 11-year-old daughter’s body for the last three years.
The medication has been prescribed by a doctor at the hospital since April 2016.
“My first reaction when I heard this news was shock and sadness,” the family said in a statement.
“We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our daughter’s medicine.
It is our life-saving medicine and we will never forget her and her wonderful smile.”
Jacobi has not responded to a request for comment from ABC News.
Australian Health Minister Peter Dutton defended the hospital and said the hospital had been in discussions with the family for several years about the medication.
“The parents have been in regular contact with the doctors and pharmacists,” he said.
“Jacobi’s pharmacists have been very supportive and have been providing the appropriate support to the parents.”
Jacobi is a registered medicine and health authority and is part of the Australian Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.
“There is a strong relationship between the pharmacist and the family,” Mr Dutton said.
“I can confirm the pharmacy that was providing the medicine for the family has now closed its doors.
The family will be able to take the medicine home and they will have a chance to use it as prescribed.”
Jacoboi was prescribed a drug called Nuvigil to treat fibromyalgias.
It is a benzodiazepine medication which is prescribed by doctors for sleep disorders such as insomnia and mania.ABC News’ Andrew Hetherington, Jill Colvin and Tom Hays contributed to this report.ABC/wires