Patricia Carrick remembered as kind and loving mother

Taoiseach Micheál Martin gave a public State apology to Patricia Carrick after CervicalCheck missed her cancer.
Patricia Carrick remembered as kind and loving mother

Patricia Carrick, the woman to whom Micheál Martin gave a public State apology because CervicalCheck missed her cancer, was this morning remembered as a kind, loving mother whose death was senseless.

Speaking at her funeral, her husband Damien told of how she liked nothing more than being at home with her family “immersed in the conversation and part of the fun”.

It was where Patricia, or Trish as she was known to her family and friends, had returned from hospital last Wednesday week.

Damien spoke of how the couple's daughters had decorated the house with Christmas decorations before she came back for the last time.

 Patricia Carrick's remains leaving the Church of the Holy Family, Mervue, Galway.
Patricia Carrick's remains leaving the Church of the Holy Family, Mervue, Galway.

"She was delighted to see the home in full splendour," he said.

"And when she saw the tree, it gave her a warm sense that she was at home."

Mammy Bear was home, and that is exactly where she wanted to be . . . just enjoying her time at home with her family by her side.

Ms Carrick's sister Anne also spoke from the altar at the Church of the Holy Family in Mervue, Galway, expressing her anger over her death.

She said: "Her death was senseless — when is all this going to stop? How many more lives have to be lost before it stops?

"It was unnecessary and I’m upset and I’m also angry.” 

Patricia died surrounded by her family at their home in Galway on Wednesday.

By her side were her husband Damien, sons Ciarán and Eoin and daughters Ríoghna and Sorcha.

Patricia was in hospital when Micheál Martin made a public apology to her in the Dáil.

He said she had been "badly let down" and her family "is going through the very worst of times because of the mistakes of others", the Taoiseach said.

"On behalf of the Government and on behalf of the nation, I offer my genuine and heartfelt apologies. You have been failed."

Addressing mourners at the service, Damien said: 

She insisted we asked women to look after their bodies, so that they would not have to experience what Trish had endured and for those women of today to be the mothers of tomorrow.” 

Patricia had sued after she discovered, with the help of cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan’s solicitor Cian O'Carroll and Damien, CervicalCheck misread a scan in 2016.

By the time her cancer was eventually diagnosed in July 2019, it was too late to do anything about it other than try and buy time with her family.

Last month, she won an unprecedented apology and an admission of negligence from the HSE and from the laboratory which missed her cancer.

Patricia had been too ill to attend last month’s court victory, which saw her awarded €2.75m.

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