CervicalCheck campaigner Stephen Teap, whose wife died of cervical cancer, is launching a High Court case against two labs and HSE
CervicalCheck campaigner Stephen Teap, whose wife died of cervical cancer, has filed a case in the High Court against two laboratories and the HSE.
r Teap, from Co Cork, is suing for allegedly false reporting of two swabs taken by his wife.
His young sons have also made claims of nerve shock from their mother’s death.
Mother of two, Irene Teap was 35 when she died of cervical cancer on July 26, 2017.
On Wednesday, Teaps attorney David Griffin BL, hired by Cantillons attorneys, asked for a hearing before the end of the year.
Attorney for the US Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Padraic Hogan BL, asked that the hearing be held in early 2023.
Judge Paul Coffey set a date for the hearing in December.
MrTeap, Carrigaline, Co Cork, along with his sons Oscar, now 10, and seven-year-old Noah, have the HSE and American laboratory Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) with offices in Austin, Texas and MedLab Pathology Ltd with offices in Sandyford Business is suing Park, Dublin.
Mr. Teap has sued on behalf of his family over the death of his wife and all have sued for nerve shock.
The case revolves around two swabs taken by Ms Teap as part of the national screening program, CervicalCheck, in 2010 and 2013.
All claims are disputed.
The first smear is said to have been carried out on November 25, 2010 and processed by the American laboratory CPL. This swab test was reportedly reported as negative for cancer.
Ms. Teap gave birth to Oscar on December 13, 2012, and the following year, on September 16, 2013, she had another swab. This slide was tested by the Medlab lab and reportedly reported negative
Noah was born in 2015, but months later, in September 2015, Ms Teap was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer and over the following months underwent chemotherapy, radiation therapy and brachytherapy.
After treatment, an MRI scan showed no signs of residual disease, but cancer was found in her lungs and liver in September 2016.
Mr. Teap and her two young sons are said to have supported Irene Teap through a grueling treatment program in an attempt to cure the cancer.
It is further claimed that they watched in horror the pain she endured and the downfall of a vivacious young woman who fought valiantly for the good of her family.
Mr Teap and his wife tried to protect their sons from most extremes of the disease process, but it is claimed because she was cared for at home. Mr. Teap and his sons saw their decline when their bodies became overwhelmed by the disease and they became dependent on others to help them carry out their activities of daily living.
It is further claimed that although Oscar and Noah were very young at the time, their lasting image of their mother is that she was ill and in pain, and it is claimed that this brought her to her mother’s company and love and devotion were deprived at a crucial stage in their development.
Mr Teap is said to have been shocked when he received a call from the HSE in May 2018 to say his wife’s name had come up on a CervicalCheck test required by the Secretary of Health.
It is alleged that Mr. Teap is still trying to come to terms with the death of his young wife and that his children are growing up without her love and devotion.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/cervicalcheck-campaigner-stephen-teap-whose-wife-died-of-cervical-cancer-launches-high-court-action-against-two-laboratories-and-hse-41615330.html CervicalCheck campaigner Stephen Teap, whose wife died of cervical cancer, is launching a High Court case against two labs and HSE