'I am relieved roller-coaster is all over'

Sinead Kelleher

Terminal cancer patient, Emma Mhic Mhathuna, will be in attendance at this Saturday's Standing for Women Demonstration in Tralee to support women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal. 

Last week the West Kerry woman agreed to a €7.5 million settlement over her incorrect smear test results which led to her terminal diagnosis. 

The mother of five had launched legal action against the HSE and Quest Diagnostics, the US-based company that analysed her smear test results. Both admitted liability as part of the settlement. 

This week Ms Mhic Mhathuna said that she has been through a "roller coaster" for the past two months since the scandal kicked off. 

"I am relieved it is all over. It has been a roller coaster. I am glad to be back in West Kerry with my children full-time. I am glad to be out of the tornado out of the madness. It has been a crazy two months," she told The Kerryman. 

All parties agreed to the settlement on Thursday night last on the steps of the court. Emma said she was prepared to fight all the way but that the settlement was agreed in the end. 

She said the money is for her children and that is what this battle was all about:"It is for them."

Emma will now attend the demonstration on Saturday to show support to all the woman in the similar positions to herself. 209 women have been affected by the scandal.  

"There has been a lot of changes. The system is more foolproof and people are standing up for what they believe in."