Dave Kenny: A change in the law could mean difference between life and death - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie
She doesn't even know whether or not her biological mother is still alive.An adopted mum-of-two with a life-threatening illness has called on the Government to change the law which denies her access to her mother's medical history.
Nikki Redmond (39), from Dalkey, has portal vein thrombosis and is not entitled, under current legislation, to any information about her birth family. Her doctors have so far been unable to establish the cause of the condition, which can restrict the flow of blood to the liver, and damage internal organs.
Surely, the information that Nikki needs could be given to her without giving away the biological mother's identity. I'm not denying that the right to privacy is important but, surely, the constitutional right to life is much more important.
The fact that this OP concerns constitutional rights is the reason that I have put it in this forum as opposed to the Health and Social Affairs forum.