“I Am Not Frightened To Die”


Ruth Morrissey (above) and her husband Paul (top) outside the High Court this afternoon

This afternoon.

High Court,Dublin

Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey, who has cervical cancer and may have less than two years to live, has begun her action for damages against the Health Service Executive and two laboratories.

Ms Morrisey, 37, claims smear tests carried out in 2009 and 2012 were wrongly reported as being normal and she was not told about this until earlier this year, despite the HSE knowing about it since 2014.

Of her prognosis, Ms Morrissey told the court:

“You have to dig really deep. You are not going to be the same person. I am not frightened to die, but I don’t want to.”

Ruth Morrissey: ‘I am not frightened to die, but I don’t want to’ (Irish Times)


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8 thoughts on ““I Am Not Frightened To Die”

    1. Cian

      I believe that had a 3rd smear in 2014 which was positive. She started treatment then so has had 4 years of treatment.
      At that stage HSE reviewed her previous tests and discovered they were incorrect. And in 2016 disclosed this to her treating gynaecologist – but not to her.

      1. Ron

        I will pass your good wishes on to her Cian. Geat to see you working on your emotional intelligence EQ… now if you could only start to put the same level of effort into improving your general intelligence IQ that would be a real improvement for you personally. well done. yet again you have excelled yourself

        1. Cian

          Thanks for that Ron!

          And what about all the other cancer sufferers? Will you pass on my good wishes to them and their families? Or only these poor women.

          Did you know that since the cervical scandal broke, three months ago, over 10,000 Irish people have been diagnosed with cancer[1]. In the same period over 2,000 people have died of cancer. But nobody seem to care about them.

          [1] https://www.cancer.ie/about-us/media-centre/cancer-statistics

          1. Cian

            You would hope so.

            But considering human fallibility I wouldn’t rely on it. “Medical Error” allegedly[1] kills 1,000+ people per year in Ireland. This isn’t unique to Ireland. Doctors make mistakes.

            Saying that – you’re better off going to the doctor/having screening (with a tiny chance it will be wrong) than not going to the doctor/having screening .

            [1] https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/medical-errors-causing-1-000-deaths-a-year-conference-told-1.3214386

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