Netizen 24 IRL: 'It was the scariest thing I've ever gone through' - women protest over CervicalCheck

Posted by On 10:52 PM

'It was the scariest thing I've ever gone through' - women protest over CervicalCheck

'It was the scariest thing I've ever gone through' - women protest over CervicalCheck

Protesters at the CervicalCheck scandal outside Dáil Éireann. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Protesters at the CervicalCheck scandal outside Dáil Éireann. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Laura Larkin and Olivia Kelleher

A mother-of-two who believes she is one of the 209 women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal constantly fears her cancer may return following a smear test misreading.

Car ol Murray, from Midleton, Co Cork, was notified on May 10 last year that a smear test conducted in June 2010 had been read incorrectly.

She was told to return in six months for another smear and did so. At that time, she was told again to return in six months but was diagnosed with cancer in the interim.

"I should have been called up to the hospital within a week or two of my first smear and instead I was waiting 12 months," she told a rally outside the Dáil yesterday.

"In that time I was diagnosed with cervical cancer... I was only 26 years old when I was diagnosed.

"It was the scariest thing I've ever gone through - I'll never forget the first day I was told," she said.

The young mother, who has two sons, aged 11 and eight, is no longer able to have children, which has left "a massive void".

"I am so lucky to have my two boys but it's still not fair that the choice was take n away from me," she said.

"Every day I do suffer both physically and mentally. I could have a sore throat, I think it's there, or a sore back, I think I have a tumour there. It's mostly a lack of trust in the healthcare system."

When she was contacted earlier this month to meet with her consultant, she feared the worst.

"I automatically thought they were diagnosing me and I'll never forget it," she said.

Ms Murray addressed a Standing4Women rally outside the Dáil, where activists and women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy called on the Government to rush through legislation on mandatory disclosure.

Meanwhile, the teenage son of Julie Dingivan, one of the women identified by the HSE as having died after being mistakenly given the all-clear for cancer, has spoken of his "beautiful, heart-of-gold" mum.

Julie, who was originally from Mahon in Co Cork, died of cervical cancer at the age of 36 in Marymount Hospice in Cork in April 2017, after a 2013 diagnosis. The HSE recently indicated to her husband Paul that a clear smear test his wife received in 2009 was found to be inaccurate following a review in September 2016. However, Julie was never told.

Her son Craig (19) said he didn't know what to do with the anger he felt at the loss of his 'one-of-a-kind' mother.

"I don't know where to guide it," he said. "She was 36 years of age. She was a beautiful person... I want someone to be put to blame. I want them to face the consequences. We were absolutely destroyed by it. All of this [the revelations] feels like starting over again."

Irish Independent

Follow @Independent_ie
Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Frank McGrath

Health Minister in spotlight over Sláintecare plan failures

Eilish O'Regan The poor record of Health Minister Simon Harris was highlighted yesterday as the failure to act on Sláintecare, the blueprint to improve the health service, was criticised.

Stock picture

Birth certs are denied to 46 adults who were adopted

Eilish O'Regan Up to 46 adults who were adopted have been refused access to their birth certificate in recent years - despite pledges to provide automatic access to this personal information.

Stock Image   /GETTY

Exodus of carers leaves elderly without supports

Eilish O'Regan More than 6,400 elderly and disabled people are now on waiting lists for HSE home supports as the service faces a crisis due to an exodus of carers.

  • Most Read
  • Most Shared
Stock picture

Birth certs are denied to 46 adults who were adopted Health

Health Minister Simon Harris. Photo: Frank McGrath

Health Minister in spotlight over Sláintecare plan failures Health

< figure> Róisín Conroy: severely disabled after failings in care. Picture: Courtpix

Three maternal deaths recorded in hospitals last year Health

Stock picture

Revealed: Binge-drinking behind a third of weekend A&E visits Health

Stock Image/GETTY

Exodus of carers leaves elderly without supports Health

France prop Daniel Brennan.

Watch: He hasn't lost his accent! Trevor Brennan's son Daniel U20 World Championship

Meet Ireland's strongest man - who eats seven raw eggs for breakfast every day Irish News

Emma Mhic Mhathuna pictured during the Cervical Check Scandal protest at the Dail Photo: Steve Humphreys

'I will not die leaving this country in unsafe hands' - Emma Mhic Mhathuna tells... Courts

St Pete   r & Paul's in Dunboyne, Co Meath

Priest tells St Vincent de Paul to remove clothing bank from church car park in row over... Irish News

Regina Doherty Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Revealed: Politicians will still qualify for pensions at 65... while most workers wait until... Politics

Independent.ie

Editor's Choice

A woman breaks down in tears as the results in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The people heard our plea and answered with a roar

It took me a moment to understand what the exit poll said. So many of...

Stock image

Mind the thigh gap? Well, here's the Toblerone Tunnel and 'hip cleavage'

It's always exciting isn't it? To find out what...

LOVED ONES LOST TO PEACE: Private William O’Brien (above) was killed in 1986. A commemoration today will honour Irish soldiers who died while on United Nations duty

'These were the real heroes' - how the families of Irish soldiers killed on UN duty have paid the highest price...

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath

Two more years: Varadkar seeking new deal with FF

Leo Varadkar believes he has achieved a lot in his first 12 months as Taoiseach...

Dolores Quinlan, who was given up for adoption, at her home in Celbridge with her dog ‘Abbey’. Photo: Steve Humphreys

'Finding out at 49 I was adopted was Earth-shattering'

On the day news broke that at least 126 babies were illegally registered by a...

Tracey Jones Furey and Eamonn Furey, of Ayrfield Road, Coolock, Dublin, holding a photograph of their daughter, Aisling, on leaving the Four Courts yesterday after their High Court action. Photo: Collins Courts

Hospital apologises to couple for death of their baby Aisling

The National Maternity Hospital has apologised in the High Court for the & quot;shortcomings...

Former editor of the ‘Sunday Independent’ Anne Harris at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle yesterday Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former editor denies that grudge lay behind allegations against newspaper...

A former editor of the 'Sunday Independent' has denied...

(Stock picture)

Failed your exams? Blame it on the weather

Hot weather harms children's chances of do ing well in exams, a new study has found.

Philomena Lee, who never got to meet her son Michael Hess

'Dark chapter' saw advertisements in newspaper offering babies 'for no fees'

Advertisements were placed in the classified sections...

Campaign group Solidarity with Repeal holding a rally last weekend calling for abortion rights outside Belfast City Hall. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Priest who opposed repeal removes Facebook page

The priest at the centre of a row over whether Catholics who advocate abortion...

Savannah (6) and Maddison Bradley (5) from Bunclody play on the beach in Courtown, Co Wexford. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Pack that mac: thunder and showers to cool things down for mini-marathon

For those lucky enough to have enjoyed the early...

Stock image

We are not having enough babies to maintain current population

Ireland is not producing enough children to maintai n...

Richard Boyd Barrett Picture: Frank McGrath

'There are gaps in my story,' says Boyd Barrett

People before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett may be one of the people whose...

VIDEO: Emma Mhic Mhathuna speaks at Standing4Women rally

A supporter holds photo of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin Castle as Ireland has voted to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits abortions unless a mother's life is in dange   r.

VIDEO: Simon Harris - 'Abortion law may take until the end of the year to be implemented'

WATCH: TD Clare Daly choked with emotion during passionate speech on the...

Yesterday, in her first address since...

VIDEO: Zappone reveals at least 126 babies incorrectly registered

The adoption controversy means dozens of...

VIDEO: Car on fire in Portlaoise

The footage shows the car going up in flames.

WATCH: Liffey jumpers hit the river for a dip during Monday's heat wave

Pedestrians watched as these young men...

Members of the public celebrate at Dublin Castle after the results of the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits abortions unless a mother's life is in danger. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 26, 2018. See PA story IRISH Abortion. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

VIDEO: Eighth Amendment Referendum - Discussion now turned to who will provide abortion services and when they will be...

VIDEO: 18 candles lit at vigil to remember each year of Cameron Reilly's life

VIDEO: Two men arrested after 'causing havoc' on train after Tipperary-Cork match

Gardaí arrested two men after an incident on a...

WATCH: Incredible footage shows lightning strikes hit Ireland on Sunday

The electrical storm was one of the biggest...

Seven year old Lottie Lenihan from Yorkshire brings her fourteen month old cousin, Ronan Dries for a paddle along Burrow beach in Sutton. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 29/5/18

In pictures: Ireland laps up sizzling temperatures on hottest day of the year

Tally woman Della McGuinness from Roscommon Town during the Referendum Count at The Hyde Centre in Roscommon Town. Pic Steve Humphreys

50 poignant photographs from all around Ireland as country moves to a 'Yes' vote

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina cast their votes at the polling station in St Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

In Pictures: Thousands hit the polls on referendum day

21 Mar 2018: General view of Fire Brigade attempting to put out fire at Metro Hotel, Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ballymun fire

Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018

In Pictures: Snow returns to Ireland in mid-March

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and his partner Matt Barrett walk in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue    in New York City Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walks in the St Patrick's Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York City

Therese Eagers digs a pathway through the snow in her back garden in Rathcoole. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Were the warnings about Storm Emma overblown? These photos from around Ireland...

Some have been complaining that the blizzard and...

Wexford town

Gallery: Your photos as Storm Emma dumps huge amounts of snow across the country

Dagmara Jakkububowicz from Carrigaline walks her dog Bubu around the pond in the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork.- Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger

15 uplifting images from the professionals that show the enjoyable side of Ireland's snow days

The Campbell family with their igloo creation

Gallery: Our readers captured some b eautiful images around the country - here are our favourites

Source: Google News

Next
« Prev Post
Previous
Next Post »