Psychic apologises to cancer victim's family for 'getting diagnosis wrong'
One of Ireland’s self-described ‘leading clairvoyants’ has denied advising a woman with ovarian cancer not to have chemotherapy.
The psychic, called Bernie Stokes (34) is also known as Bernie Pepper and is a cousin of UFC fighter Conor McGregor.
She also was a participant on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation in 2014.
She did not make the final cut as a leader on the series.
Yesterday the clairvoyant strenuously denied ever mentioning the issue of chemotherapy or treatment to the woman's family.
"I want to apologise, I am devastated for the family that I got her diagnosis wrong.
"I did tell them that I didn't see cancer and I did advise them to get a second opinion but as regards telling her not to get chemo, I do not recall advising the lady about her treatment.
"I just know that they are not words I would normally use," she told RTE Radio One's Liveline.
"I mean if I had advised her not to get treatment - I could have killed her if I did say that," she added.
Stokes admitted telling the woman not to trust the doctors, basing this advice on a psychic 'message' she claims the woman's dead mother had passed to her.
"I've saved many lives, people have told me that because of me and my guidance they are alive today," she said.
Live on air today, the sick woman's daughter Stacey challenged Stokes, telling her that she witnessed Stokes speaking to her mother at Parnell's GAA Club.
"You looked me in the eye, I remember it as if it happened ten minutes ago.
"You said 'don't let chemo enter the body'", Stacey said.
Stokes again denied using these words and suggested that maybe Stacey was 'mixed up'.
Stacey strenuously refuted this and said her family is only highlighting the matter so that it doesn't happen to another family.
"Shame on you," Stacey said to Stokes.
Yesterday, a caller named Elizabeth claimed her sick relative, Bernie, was advised to ignore medical advice and not to undergo chemotherapy treatment.
"My cousin was due to return to hospital before we attended Bernie’s show in Parnell's GAA Club.
"She approached my cousin at the show and said, “you’re not well”.
"My cousin told her that she had been diagnosed with cancer," Elizabeth said.
"Bernie said 'you don’t have cancer and don’t mind those doctors," she added.
Ms Stokes said she was putting her reputation on the line and that the woman would be coming back to her when she got the ‘all-clear’ from the doctors.
The comments were delightedly received by the woman and her family and led her to delay seeking cancer treatment.
However when the sick woman returned to see her doctor she did not get the news she hoped for.
"I think Bernie needs to change protocol in her show and not put people through this," Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth urged people who may be vulnerable or in similar situations to think twice about going to a medium as it can lead to ‘devastating consequences’.
Tickets cost on average €10 for one of the Bernie Stokes Medium & Clairvoyant shows.