Saturday 24 March 2018

Fraud case doc zapped my cancer, says nun

Gordon Deegan

A nun told a jury yesterday that controversial treatment at a clinic run by former doctor Paschal Carmody had "zapped her cancers".

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Sr Theresa Healy told the court how she is living proof that Mr Carmody's treatment destroyed her cancer in 2001.

One of a number of ex-patients of the former doctor to praise him in court yesterday, Sr Healy said that she went to Mr Carmody's East Clinic in Killaloe in 2001 after having a cancerous tumour removed from her left breast.

Sr Healy said that after the tumour was removed, her diagnosis was that she had grade three pre-terminal breast cancer. She couldn't face any chemotherapy or radiotherapy because her immune system was low and she was anxious to see what treatments Mr Carmody was offering.

She said that he had successfully treated her ME, or chronic fatigue, in the 1980s.

After being shown PDT treatment by Mr Carmody's colleague, Dr Bill Porter, at the clinic, Sr Healy told the court: "I felt that there was a cure myself in this treatment and I remember saying to Dr Carmody, 'you never told me that this was a cure'. He turned to me and said, 'If I say there is a cure, you could take me to court'."

Sr Healy said: "Paschal Carmody made it very, very clear that it was a treatment, but it had not been tried and tested and he couldn't say it would be helpful or not, but it would be worth trying."

The nun said that she could see from a monitor while undergoing the PDT treatment that the cancers were being zapped.

She said: "I think I'm good proof that they were destroyed." Sr Healy added: "I'm great now. My health is grand."

In the case, Mr Carmody (63) of Ballycuggeran, Killaloe, Co Clare, is denying defrauding family relatives of two terminally ill cancer patients of €16,554 at the East Clinic in Killaloe in 2001 and 2002 concerning the PDT treatment given to the two.

Seven of the nine charges relate to the late 15-year-old Co Wexford teenager, Conor O'Sullivan, who died from an aggressive form of bone cancer in November 2002.


The remaining two relate to John Sheridan (58) of Kells, Co Kilkenny, who died from liver cancer in November 2002. Sr Healy described Mr Carmody's care as "extraordinary".

She said: "I can honestly say that he is a man and doctor of great integrity who went to every length he could to help people to get better."

UK-based film producer and journalist Christopher Sheppard told the court that in November 1999 he was diagnosed with rectal cancer and 'facing death', but that the tumour had disappeared within one year.

He told the court: "I'm officially cured."

Mr Sheppard said that he received hypertherapy and immunology from Mr Carmody, along with being treated in the UK, where he underwent radiotherapy.

He said he could not say which therapy cured his cancer.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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