Tuesday 13 November 2018

Celtic warrior who fought a selfless fight

Emma Mhic Mhathuna has left a legacy of hope for Ireland, writes her friend and advocate Stephen McMahon

HUMOUR AND HUMILITY: CervicalCheck scandal victim Emma Mhic Mhathuna on stage in the Laughter Lounge. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
HUMOUR AND HUMILITY: CervicalCheck scandal victim Emma Mhic Mhathuna on stage in the Laughter Lounge. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Stephen McMahon

Emma Mhic Mhathuna died last Sunday from cervical cancer that developed undetected. At her funeral the celebrant Fr Paddy Moran recalled: "Her illness, she said, she did not see as part of God's plan, but rather as the result of human error."

I hadn't heard from Emma for a while, but that was not unusual. Her ever attentive uncle John would update me from time to time. I had sent a text to Emma and her uncle last Saturday that I would go down and visit her on Sunday.

Late on Saturday night, I was told that Emma was near the end of her earthly journey. The night took on a chill as that text's deeper meaning struck home. In the short time I had known Emma as her patient advocate and friend, I always saw her and referred to her as a Celtic warrior, fearless, protective of her children and noble in nature but also a very ill lady.

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