Weve lost a warrior Tributes paid after death of independent midwife Philomena

first_img“We salute her – midwife, friend, sister, aunt, warrior for women everywhere – Philomena Canning, mother of the mothers.” The Women’s Council of Ireland wrote on Twitter: “So saddened to hear of the death of Philomena Canning – campaigner, activist and strong advocate for women’s healthcare. Rest in peace.” The Abortion Rights Campaign said it is “saddened to hear of the death of Philomena Canning”. “Philomena was a midwife, advocate, founding member of @Midwives4Choice and campaign for repeal. Rest in power,” it tweeted. The Leitrim Abortion Rights Campaign added: “We have lost a warrior. Philomena Canning, you made a difference.”  Philomena Canning’s requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 10am in St Mary’s church in Sandymount, Dublin.  Share399 Tweet Email1 Source: Ruth Fletcher/Twitter Oh no. Heart sore at this news. We will miss you so unbelievably much #PhilomenaCanning. Thinking of you and yours always. Suaimhneas. https://t.co/ZdJmNsOV2j— Ruth Fletcher (@fletcher_ruth) March 23, 2019 26,649 Views Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 12:37 PM She was a warrior who stood up for what was right at all costs and mothers along with activists for birth and reproductive rights country wide will be forever in her debt. Mar 23rd 2019, 12:37 PM So sad to hear this. Philomena Canning was a pioneer woman who helped so many have happy, empowered birthing experiences at home – including dear friends of mine – and would have helped so many more had she not been cruelly targeted. You did so much Philomena. We won’t forget x https://t.co/92KPKIfFye— Roisin Ingle (@roisiningle) March 23, 2019 We have lost a warrior. Philomena Canning, you made a difference.— Leitrim ARC (@LeitrimARC) March 23, 2019 Philomena at times reminded me of a great oak tree – tall and strong, flexible and endlessly able to renew after the storm had passed. There are many acorns in the ground where she had stood and the gifts she gave will flourish into the future. No Comments Source: Leitrim ARC/Twitter ‘We’ve lost a warrior’: Tributes paid after death of independent midwife Philomena Canning Canning, who was suffering from terminal ovarian cancer, had been seeking damages from the HSE. Source: Roisin Ingle/Twitter Devastated to hear about the death of #PhilomenaCanning She was the reason I started to campaign for repeal. Thoughts are with all those who loved her.Rest in Power ✊— Evie Nevin 🦓💪 (@Evie_Nevin) March 23, 2019 Supporters of Philomena Canning outside the Dáil on 26 February Image: Hayley Halpin/TheJournal.ie Source: Evie Nevin 🦓💪/Twitter Short URL TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to Philomena Canning, an independent midwife who was seeking damages from the HSE.Canning, who was suffering from terminal ovarian cancer, was seeking damages from the HSE, who withdrew her indemnity insurance to practice as a midwife.In 2015, her indemnity was restored by the HSE. It is understood she had not returned to work as a midwife since. In a recent Irish Examiner article, Canning had noted that she believed her only hope in fighting her cancer was access to the immunotherapy drug Pembro. She said she felt she had no choice but to get her case settled so she could access money for the drug.Canning passed away yesterday in the care of the staff at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Dublin. Tributes have been paid to Canning across social media this morning. The Philomena Canning Campaign called her a “midwife, warrior, queen”. “We will hold you forever in our hearts and cherish the gifts you gave us,” it wrote on social media. Former client Ciara Considine told TheJournal.ie that Canning was a “great gift in my life and that of my family, as she was for so many of us”.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4557316 Supporters of Philomena Canning outside the Dáil on 26 February Following the mass, she will be returned to the family home in Glenvar, Co Donegal. Her funeral mass will take place on Tuesday at 11am in St Mary’s church in Glenvar, Co Donegal. On 26 February, supports of Canning gathered at the Dáil to call upon Minister for Health Simon Harris to instruct the HSE to settle her case. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was asked about the issue in the Dáil later that day. He said as far as he knows Canning had been offered a settlement.A spokesperson for the HSE told TheJournal.ie on 26 February that the organisation is “actively engaging in an effort to bring this matter to a conclusion”, adding: “At this time, we are unfortunately not able to comment further in relation to live proceedings.” By Hayley Halpin Image: Hayley Halpin/TheJournal.ielast_img

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