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Inquest into Savita Halappanavar's death opens

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2348

An inquest began this week into the death of Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital last October.

Savita died from suspected blood poisoning after being repeatedly refused a life-saving abortion.

 Some 20,000 people marched in Ireland to protest at her death and to demand abortion rights. There were also protests in Britain and around the world.

Savita’s husband Praveen told the inquest that his wife made three requests for a termination over two days. 

Savita had been told that the pregnancy was not viable. 

Praveen told Eugene Gleeson, who is representing him, that Savita had said, “How can a mother wait for her baby to die?”

He said that Savita was told by a hospital worker that she couldn’t have a termination because Ireland was a Catholic country.

Declan Buckley, senior counsel for the hospital, said that there are differences between Praveen’s and the hospital’s version of events. 

The inquest has been told that evidence from Dr Astbury will be that there was only one discussion about a termination.

Praveen told the inquest that there were “retrospective entries” made in the medical notes.

The inquest is expected to last at least a week.

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Tue 9 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2348
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