Cervical Cancer Campaigner Vic...


Cervical Cancer Campaigner Vickey Phelan Dies Aged 48


11:43 14 Nov 2022

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Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has died at the age of 48.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.

It came three years after a smear test showed no abnormalities which was later found to have been wrong.

In April 2018, she settled a High Court action against CPL labs in the US.

It settled out of court for 2-point-5 million euro without an admission of liability.

The HSE later confirmed that more than 200 women had developed cervical cancer after having a misdiagnosed CervicalCheck smear test.

Her campaigning led to an independent investigation by Dr Gabriel Scally in 2018.

It led to the resignation of the head of CervicalCheck also.

Vicky was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Limerick in 2018.

She published a memoir, 'Overcoming' in 2019, which won the An Post Irish Book of the Year award.

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