Tuesday 16 October 2018

This cheapening of lives must stop. The deaths of these women must not be in vain

 

Emma Mhic Mhahtúna, Vicky Phelan and other women caught up in this crisis are real warriors, heroines, chosen in a strange twist by this crisis to bring to light this seismic scandal. Photo: Collins
Emma Mhic Mhahtúna, Vicky Phelan and other women caught up in this crisis are real warriors, heroines, chosen in a strange twist by this crisis to bring to light this seismic scandal. Photo: Collins

Barbara McCarthy

Emma Mhic Mhathúna was looking forward to making her children's dreams come true by bringing them to the 'Late Late Toy Show' in December. Instead they're living their worst nightmare watching their mother being buried this week - condemned to death after receiving two incorrect smear test results.

When we heard the news of her death, we stopped what we were doing and shed a tear for her, for her children, for the fact that she'll never see them again. Despite a grand payout from Quest CervicalCheck services and the HSE, the €7.5m will never fill the void of a lost parent. A mother doesn't have a price.

But now that Emma is gone, and eloquent words have been spoken about her across media and Government ministries, her legacy must ensure appropriate measures will be taken across the Department of Health so that no more women have to suffer like she did.

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