Monday 15 October 2018

The wrong was so great, her message so powerful - Vicky's story has saved lives

Vicky Phelan has saved many women from tragedy after taking on the might of the State, writes her solicitor Cian O'Carroll

STRENGTH: Vicky Phelan photographed in Limerick yesterday Photo: Fergal Phillips
STRENGTH: Vicky Phelan photographed in Limerick yesterday Photo: Fergal Phillips

Cian O'Carroll

A week ago, Vicky Phelan wasn't just fighting a cancer that doctors have told her will claim her life; she was fighting the HSE and its subcontracted US laboratory in the High Court.

The case that she and her husband Jim had taken - for what medical experts have described as a lethal misdiagnosis - had by then been going on for two days and showed no signs of settling. It was a full fight and Vicky and Jim had been told by me and the rest of their legal team to expect it to go the distance, perhaps two or even three weeks. 

By last Wednesday, however, the case had settled for record damages and, with a huge groundswell of support and empathy from people across the nation, Vicky called for some meaning to be put on her and her family's sacrifice. She demanded change and, incredibly, she got it.

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