Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Nation unites in tribute after smear test campaigner Emma Mhic Mhathúna dies

Woman at center of Ireland's cervical cancer controversy dies at 37 Mum of five Emma Mhic Mhathúna has died at the age of 37
Celia Hoffman | 10 October, 2018, 15:44

She was one of 221 women who were found to have received incorrect results.

The HSE has expressed its deepest condolences with the family of Emma Mhic Mhathúna.

She said if she had been correctly diagnosed she would have survived.

This case was settled for €7.5 million in June after Quest admitted to misreading two cervical smear slides, first in 2010 and then in 2013.

"Sending love and strength to her children and family".

Ms Mhic Mhathúna, previously settled her case against the Health Service Executive and a United States lab for €7.5 million but told of how it didn't make any difference and she fought for the money so that her children would be taken care of.

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Emma Mhic Mhathúna has died, aged 37.

. "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Emma's family and friends, and especially her children".

"When I met her and her children in May, I was greatly struck by her poise and bravery, in the midst of what was a very hard time for her family and friends".

Tributes have been paid to her from the Taoiseach, President and Minister for Health - along with advocacy groups across the country.

Ms Mhic Mhathuna has been involved in the campaign for accountability alongside other well-known activists like Vicky Phelan, who helped expose the controversy.

The mother-of-five from Co Kerry's death was announced on Sunday.

A funeral mass will take place in Kerry tomorrow, while there will be another memorial in Dublin on Wednesday ahead of her burial.

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