Vicky Phelan will be for discussion in this article. The cervical check campaigner has died.
We will look her life in totality.
Who was Vicky Phelan?
Phelan was a cervical cancer campaigner from Ireland.
Phelan was born in 1974 in the Irish town of Waterford, Limerick.
The vociferous campaigner died at 48 in a battle against cervical cancer.
She left behind her two kids in the person of Amelia and Darragh.
Miss Phelan was survived by her ex-husband, Jim.
Vicky Phelan was named as one of the BBC’s 100 women in 2018.
Miss Phelan was equally awarded the Freedom of Limerick award in February this year. It was a recognition of her huge role in the CervicalCheck campaign.
But what was her cervical-check campaign about and what made her one of the important women in Ireland?
She was famed for exposing what was called the CervicalCheck screening scandal in her native country of Ireland.
This follows her smear test in 2011 which showed that she has no problems what so ever.
She was however shocked to be diagnosed of the very disease she was said to have no abnormalities to.
The time between her smear test and her diagnoses was just three years, (2011 to 2014).
It is the fact that Ms Vicky Phelan was given a wrong or fake or incorrect results.
She however settled the case without an admission of liability on the laboratory who conducted the test or the health services.
The smear test scandal which Phelan exposed also killed many other women who suffered such incorrect results.
Tribute pour in for Vicky Phelan.
The celebrated Phelan died in Milford Hospice in Limerick.
Following her death, many have been celebrating her.
Her most amazing people who have been celebrating her include the President and Prime Minister of her country,Ireland.
Michael D Higgins, who is the President of Ireland said in his tribute that:
“All of us who had the privilege of meeting Vicky will have been struck by the powerful inner strength and dignity with which she not only faced her own illness, but with the sense of commitment to the public good and the rights of others with which she campaigned.
“Thanks to her tireless efforts, despite the terrible personal toll she herself had to carry, so many women’s lives have been protected, and will be protected in the future.”
Irish Prime Minister, Michael Martin described Ms Phelan as an “extraordinary courage and integrity”.