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Kilkenny All Time Greats - Profile: Vicky Phelan

Kilkenny All Time Greats - Profile: Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan’s courage in the face of terminal illness and a legal battle with far-reaching consequences have made the Mooncoin native a household name across Ireland.
Vicky was diagnosed with cancer three years after her smear test results of 2011 were incorrectly reported as being clear. By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.
Vicky won her case against the American labs that worked on smear tests taken from Irish women and was awarded €2.5 million in compensation. That might have been the end of one woman’s tragic story but Vicky refused to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of the settlement. She realised she was not the only woman affected. She went public with her story and we all learned of the scandal.

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