A 33-year-old mother of two, who is one of the 221 women directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, has said she is angry and desperate about the delay in informing her that an audit had revealed problems with a smear test in her Year 2010, a year before her diagnosis with stage three cervical cancer.
Carol Murray from Midleton, Co Cork was interviewed this morning by Dr. Ing. Gabriel Scally informed about the results of his investigation into the controversy.
Speaking to RTÉ News, Ms. Murray said she was furious and dismayed that she had not been told the information regarding her 2010 smear. She said she felt wronged.
Ms. Murray was diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2011 and due to the advanced nature of her illness, had to be treated with chemo and radiotherapy.
She said that she believed that she would not have had cancer if the issues had been addressed in her 2010 elimination test and implemented during that time.
But, she said, instead of being immediately expelled for further tests, she was told that she would not have to return for six months when she underwent another swab test.
Ms. Murray is now free of cancer. She demanded that those responsible for providing information related to the audit of lubricant tests by the 221 women involved be held accountable.
She said that women's lives have been lost and the children without their mothers. She said that those responsible were to be held accountable and dismissed without being paid.
Ms. Murray said she missed a lot of her life because of her illness and treatment.
She said that she had to go through menopause at the age of 26 and had to deal with the news that she could no longer have any children.
She said her confidence in the medical profession had been "knocked", and it would be very difficult to regain that trust.
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Ms. Murray said she was disgusted by the way in which part of Dr. Scally's report was shared with the media prior to its publication.
She said she felt the women were kept in the center of the controversy in the dark and if they wanted to know something, they had to find out through the media.