Emma Mhic Mhathúna dies aged 37

  • Emma Mhic Mhathúna dies aged 37

Emma Mhic Mhathúna dies aged 37

The Co Kerry mother-of-five was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 after receiving two false smear test results from US-based lab Quest Diagnostics.

The 37 year old is survived by her five children.

In May of this year, she was told that her cancer was terminal.

Horrifically sad news today as Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women at the centre of the cervical cancer scandal, has passed away.

"Sending love and strength to her children and family".

Tributes are being paid for the bravery Ms Mhic Mhathúna showed in taking on the HSE.

The HSE admitted liability for not disclosing the findings of the CervicalCheck audit.

RTÉ reports Mhic Mhathúna died at University Hospital Kerry on Sunday, October 7. "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Emma's family and friends, and especially her children".

"However, Emma will also be remembered as someone who fought for social justice in an exceptionally selfless way during times of great personal challenge".

It added that her family would miss her "beyond words".

Ms Mhic Mhathuna has been involved in the campaign for accountability alongside other well-known activists like Vicky Phelan, who helped expose the controversy.

The Health Service Executive says Ms Mhic Mhathúna's advocacy has been central to setting up the Scally Review; and say the 50 recommendations will undoubtedly improve the quality of screening programmes. A mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.45pm.