Irene Teap's young sons sue for nervous shock over mother's cervical cancer death

It is claimed that although Oscar and Noah were very young at the time, their abiding image of their mother is that she was sick and in pain
Irene Teap's young sons sue for nervous shock over mother's cervical cancer death

Irene Teap's sons along with their father CervicalCheck campaigner Stephen Teap from Carrigaline, Co Cork have sued two laboratories and the HSE over the alleged misreporting of two of Ms. Teap’s smear slides.

The young sons of 35-year old Irene Teap who died of cervical cancer five years ago have launched a High Court action for nervous shock over her death.

The abiding image for the Teap boys who were only aged 5 and 2 when their mum died is that she was “sick” and in pain and it is claimed they were deprived of her love and devotion at a crucial stage of their development.

They along with their father CervicalCheck campaigner Stephen Teap from Carrigaline, Co Cork have sued two laboratories and the HSE over the alleged misreporting of two of Ms. Teap’s smear slides.

lrene Teap was 35 years of age when she died of cervical cancer on July 26, 2017.

Mr Teap and their two young sons it is claimed supported Irene Teap through a gruelling treatment programme in an attempt to cure the cancer.

It is further claimed they watched in horror at the pain she had to endure and the decline of a vibrant young woman who fought valiantly for the sake of her family.

Mr Teap and his wife attempted to shield their sons from most of the extremes of the disease process but it is claimed because she was nursed at home Mr Teap, Oscar and Noah witnessed her decline as her body was overwhelmed with the disease and she became dependent on others to assist her in carrying out her activities of daily living.

It is further claimed that although Oscar and Noah were every young at the time, their abiding image of their mother is that she was sick and in pain and it is claimed they were thus deprived of the society of their mother and of the love and devotion at a crucial stage of their development.

Mr Teap it is alleged went into shock when he received a call in May 2018 from the HSE which informed him that his wife’s name had come up in an audit requested by the Minister for Health into CervicalCheck.

It is claimed Mr Teap is still trying to come to terms with the death of his young wife and that his children will have to grow up without her love and devotion.

In the High Court on Wednesday Counsel for the Teaps David Griffin BL instructed by Cantillons solicitors asked for a trial date before the end of the year.

Counsel for US laboratory Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Padraic Hogan BL asked that the hearing take place at the start of 2023.

Mr Justice Coffey who was told the case could take up to three weeks set a date in December.

Stephen Teap, Carrigaline, Co Cork along with his sons Oscar now aged 10- and 7-year-old Noah have sued the HSE and American laboratory Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL)with offices in Austin, Texas and MedLab Pathology Ltd with offices at Sandyford Business Park, Dublin.

Mr Teap has sued on behalf of his family over the death of his wife and all have sued for nervous shock.

The case centres on two smear test taken from Ms Teap under the CervicalCheck national screening programme in 2010 and 2013.

All the claims are denied.

It is claimed the first smear test was taken on November 25, 2010 and processed by the American laboratory CPL. This smear test was allegedly reported as negative for cancer.

Ms Teap had her baby Oscar on December 13, 2012 and the following year on September 16th 2013 she had another smear test. This slide was tested by Medlab laboratory and was allegedly reported as negative The couple’s son Noah was born in 2015 but months later in September 2015 Ms Teap was diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer and in the following months she underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy.

After the treatment an MRI scan showed no evidence of residual disease but on September 2016 cancer was found in her lung and liver.

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