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Vicky Phelan hailed an ‘inspiration’ following her appearance on The Late Late Show

The Cervical Check campaigner appeared on the show before she travels to America for a clinical trial


Vicky Phelan has been hailed an “inspiration” following her appearance on The Late Late Show on Friday night.

During her interview, the 47-year-old shared her plans to travel to America alone for a clinical trial that she hopes will prolong her life.

The Cervical Check campaigner will be away from her family for at least six months, including her two kids Amelia and Darragh, and admitted she fears she will never return to Ireland.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy, Vicky said: “I’m going on my own for a minimum of six months. It’s tough. Having to leave the kids is going to be big.”

“I’m going to stay in a hotel for the first week, on Tuesday and Wednesday I’ll have tests and scans.”

The Limerick native explained: “Even though I don’t want to be away from my kids, I’m torn. For me, the way I look at it is I’m very rational and scientific and that’s the way I have had to be and the way I cope with things.”

“I rationalise things by saying, ‘It’s short-term pain for long-term gain’. If this trial works, I get more time with my kids.”

“They understand it, I’ve been very open and honest with my kids from the very beginning.”

Vicky continued: “If it doesn’t work Ryan, I have no regrets. What I’m scared of most is not coming back or coming back in a coffin.”

“That’s why I’m getting upset about leaving because you don’t know if I’m going to come back, that is the worry.”

Following her appearance on the show, viewers confessed they were in tears watching Vicky’s interview, and hailed her an “inspiration”.

Vicky is travelling to America for treatment, after finding out that she has developed a new tumour.

In November, the mum-of-two said a scan revealed a new 3mm tumour in her lung, in addition to growth in three separate tumours.