The family of a much-loved Buncrana woman are on a search for answers amidst the current CervicalCheck crisis. 

Donegal woman Miriam O’Brien got the all-clear in her smear test in 2011. Nine months later, she was diagnosed with stage two cancer in Belfast. Miriam passed away on August 25, 2013, at the age of 34.

Miriam’s daughter Rachael (19) and her sisters Danielle Miley and Susan O’Brien are taking legal action against the HSE and labs used by CervicalCheck, as they seek clarity on whether Miriam was one of the 18 women who the HSE discovered had died since the audit errors, the Irish Independent reports today.

Miriam was diagnosed with stage 2B cervical cancer in Belfast in March 2012, after her smear at home came back clear in June 2011.

Her intensive treatment was a long and painful journey, her family recall, and they got the devastating news that the cancer was terminal in January 2013.

In the weeks before she died, Miriam told her family: “If anything happens to me, tell the world what they did.”

The family said they still do not know if Miriam’s case is part of the CervicalCheck review, while all their contact with the HSE helpline has failed to get answers.

“She knew she was wronged and we are now carrying on her wish that her story be told,” her sister Danielle said.

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