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Poignant film captures last days of dying mum of three

Lynne Kelleher

Published 19/11/2011 | 05:00

A dying mother invited a film crew to record her final days in a last act of courage to help others to cope with terminal illness.

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Mother-of-three Emer Maher invited the 'Would You Believe' crew into her Wexford home to capture her last few weeks.

The nurse knew she was losing her battle with ovarian cancer but she wanted to leave behind her own legacy.

A week after the cameras left her home, she died surrounded by her family.

The 48-year-old, who was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2007, wanted to give an insight into how she faced her illness.

In the documentary, she gave poignant insights into diet, alternative therapies, wigs and hats and how her religion helped her.

Emer and her fire officer husband, John, had three children, Sean (15), Aisling (14) and Lizzie (9).

The crew spent four days recording her conversations in the week before she died on October 8. Her GP, consultant and members of her care team also gave interviews.

"We want to find out how did it happen and why did it happen. She never had a cross word to say to anyone," her father Johnny O'Loughlin said.

Before her illness, Emer met chart-topping singer Howard Jones and his wife while working as a midwife in an English hospital.

They were so taken with the Wexford woman that they asked her to go on tour to look after their child and she spent a year travelling the world as a nanny with them.

'Would You Believe' will be shown on RTE One tomorrow at 10.35pm

Irish Independent

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