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Sunday 21 September 2014

Savita 'giving husband strength'

Published 18/01/2013 | 03:55

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Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering a miscarriage and suspected septicaemia

The husband of an Indian dentist who died after she suffered a miscarriage in Ireland has said his late wife is giving him the strength to fight for the truth.

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Savita Halappanavar died in hospital on October 28 last year from suspected septicaemia.

The 31-year-old's husband Praveen described life without his wife as a tough journey.

"It's not easy to sit there in the court to see all the proceedings," said Mr Halappanavar after her inquest opened.

"I believe I'm getting that strength from somewhere to look forward. I suppose I believe it is coming from Savita. She was that type of a person. She was always there for me so I'm getting the strength from that."

Mr Halappanavar claims that doctors at University Hospital Galway refused to carry out an abortion 17 weeks into his wife's pregnancy because a foetal heartbeat was present. He says they were told Ireland "is a Catholic country".

As the inquest into Mrs Halappanavar's death opened, the Coroner for Galway city, Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin, promised a transparent inquiry which would be open to public scrutiny.

He offered his condolences to Mr Halappanavar and vowed to conduct the hearing with solemn respect, dignity and courtesy to him and to the memory of his "beloved Savita".

"It is my duty as coroner to ensure that the inquiry shall be independent, effective and prompt - that the procedures are open, transparent and accountable and are subject to public scrutiny," Dr MacLoughlin said, adding that her next of kin would be involved to an appropriate extent.

The full hearing, which is expected to last more than a week, will begin on April 8 at Galway courthouse.

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