Tuesday 22 October 2019

'My dying wish is that the women of Ireland feel they are finally in safe hands' - Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan read an extract from her book Overcoming on the Late Late Show
Vicky Phelan read an extract from her book Overcoming on the Late Late Show

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan said her dying wish is that the women of Ireland will finally be able "to trust they are in safe hands". 

The mother of two helped expose the Cervical Check scandal by steadfastly refusing to concede a non-disclosure statement with the US laboratory involved.

Phelan was the victim of a false negative test in her cervical smear screening in 2011.

She was diagnosed with cancer three years later in 2014 and was later given a diagnosis of terminal cancer.

She settled a High Court action against the US laboratory involved for €2.5 million. Vicky then spoke about about what had happened to her - and, in doing so, helped highlight the sheer scale of the cervical screening scandal.

It was revealed that 221 Irish women had incorrect smear test results over recent years.

Phelan has written a book, Overcoming, that tells her life story.

During an interview on the Late Late Show she read an extract from the book.

"My dying wish will be for the women of Ireland," she said.

"That because of what has happened in the past year, maybe my last year on earth, they will be able to trust that their lives are in safe hands. That they will be minded and cared for at their most vulnerable, and that everything will be done to give them the lives they deserve."

She continued: "There will be others who will continue this fight without me when I'm gone, because we are all in this together. At the end of the day, we all come from the same place - a mother's womb. This is everybody's story."

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