Monday 21 August 2017

City marks third anniversary of Savita's death

Jacinta Fay and Mariel Whelan at a vigil for Savita Halappanavar at Eyre Square in Galway yesterday Photo: Andrew Downes
Jacinta Fay and Mariel Whelan at a vigil for Savita Halappanavar at Eyre Square in Galway yesterday Photo: Andrew Downes
Savita Halappanavar
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A candlelit vigil to remember Savita Halappanavar (31) was held in her adopted home of Galway last night, marking the third anniversary of the young woman's death.

A small group gathered at Eyre Square, holding aloft small lanterns bearing the young woman's image and writing messages which will be presented to Savita's family.

An organiser of the event, Mariel Whelan of Galway Pro Choice, said they had received hundreds of messages of support.

"We plan to hold a vigil on Savita's anniversary every year until Ireland abolishes the current legislation or holds a referendum on the issue," she said.

"We are doing this with the support of Savita's friends and family and we want this change to come about in her memory."

Savita's husband, Praveen Halappanavar, who is currently in the US on a short-term work contract, is taking a personal injury case through the High Court, claiming - amongst other things - that his wife's constitutional right to life was breached.

His solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said they were planning to seek a special fixing for the case against the HSE and obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury upon his return.

"This is a very difficult time for Praveen but upon his return we will approach the court to bring the matter forward," he added.

Savita died from septicaemia one week after being admitted to University Hospital Galway while suffering a miscarriage.

Irish Independent

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