I am genuinely not trying to troll or be unnecessarily provocative here. This is genuinely what I have been feeling this week.
The late Emma was dealt a most cruel hand of cards. The same goes double for her bereaved children, no kids should lose their mother at this time in their lives. Emma showed immense courage to expose the failings in the system that ultimately took her life and to fight for her kids to be provided for. That was hopefully of some small comfort to her in her final months.
But. I am wondering how the circus that grew up around Emma, much of it at her instigation, was accepted and facilitated without question?
What do I mean? Emma developed a disease which is sadly commonplace. Cervical cancer takes lives in this Country probably every day. My own mother had it in her 40s and thankfully survived it. Emma was let down by a screening programme. Yes, as I've said, there were failings in the system, but it is not a diagnostic and even a screening system with all aspects at optimum can provide false negatives, or false positives.
Emma put her energy into a campaign for circumstances she shared with many other women, like Vicky Phelan. What I'm wondering is, why Emma particularly warranted a helicopter visit from the President? Two requiem masses in the full public glare, one in the de facto national cathedral when her home was in the Kerry Gaeltacht and her place of burial in Kildare? A cortege past the Parliament, Government Buildings, the Áras, the Dept of Health? It looked to me like a half-assed State funeral combined with the worst undignified aspects of Princess Diana's funeral.
I guess it comes down to me feeling very uneasy about the indignity around Emma in the past few months and around her final journey. Where was the time and privacy for her kids to come to terms with her passing? Why should they be put through that circus?
I hope Vicky Phelan has a very long time left to live, but I get the distinct impression that we would not see any of this carry-on were she to pass away.
Ill bite though, i think the difference between you and other people is you look at this as a circus, where as others look at this as a possible acknowledgement of the service that the likes of Emma and Vicky have done for the country.
Its a sad state of affairs when we become so apathetic that we look at a medical system that is far from patient first and is down right confrontational when you try and look for a settlement as just a common place illness and we should go quietly into the night. Maybe you should actually ask your mother was she happy with the service she got from her doctors at the time.
Why does this have to be Emma v Vicky or any of the other ladies or even gentlemen impacted. From what i have seen the media has given allot of time to many of the victims even the husband one of of them.
I would like to think that all the pomp and ceremony around Emma's final journey would be seen as a sign of respect to her. For me she is a modern day hero (without being OTT), she basically fought hard to make sure her kids had something after she was gone and by doing so with the others exposed a fairly horrible part of our healthcare system. I would hope that the kids can see from everything that has happened how important the impact their mother had.
I think your wrong, i think if touch wood anything happened to Vicky you would see the same public acknowledgement of respect for her.