A 32-year-old mother with a serious illness of cervical cancer has filed a lawsuit in the National Court over the alleged misinterpretation of her cervical slide taken in the national screening program.
Lynsey Bennett is seriously ill and an urgent hearing on her action needs to be made, SC counsel Jeremy Maher told the court.
Lawyers asked her to establish an urgent early trial in the new year, saying she was the only mother of two girls aged 12 and seven.
Ms Bennett, Ennybegs, Killoe, and Longford, have sued the HSE, Ireland Testing Laboratory, Eurofins Biomnis Ireland Ltd, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin and the US Quest Diagnostics Incorporated Laboratory, New Jersey.
Ms. Bennett underwent a smear test on 3 February 2010, which was sent to Eurofins Biomnis in Dublin. They said the test was negative and another smear test was recommended within three years.
On December 16, 2013, he underwent another smear test as part of the national cervical screening program.
This sample was sent to the U.S. Quest Diagnostics Laboratory and was reported to show atypical squamous cells of unspecified meaning. A 12-month smear test was recommended.
On December 2, 2014, he underwent another smear test and the sample was reviewed by Quest Diagnostics.
The result has been said to be negative and CervicalCheck has warned that there are no anomalies for a year and that it is not recommended to repeat it over and over again.
Ms. Bennett was said to have undergone another smear test in January 2016, tested in the U.S. Quest Diagnostics lab and told that no abnormalities were detected and reminded that she would have to undergo her usual smear test within three years.
Eleven months later, he was told he had gone to the doctor to report the bleeding and was sent to hospital.
In January 2017, she was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and Ms. Bennett had to undergo a hysterectomy and another operation.
In March 2018, it was found that cervical cancer was recurrent.
They say Ms. Bennett’s dirt samples were not properly reported or diagnosed and the alleged misinterpretation occurred.
Ms. Bennett’s cancer was unidentified, uncontrolled, and untreated until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017.
Judge Kevin Cross fixed the next January 20 for the hearing.