Thursday 18 December 2014

Praveen to return for hearing into death of Savita

Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30

Praveen Halappanavar with photos of his wife, Savita
Praveen Halappanavar with photos of his wife, Savita
Praveen Halappanavar
A candlelight vigil to mark the first anniversary of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway last year

PRAVEEN Halappanavar will return to Ireland in September in advance of a court hearing over the death of his wife Savita.

The widower has been living in the US for the past number of months as part of a temporary work contract. However, he is due to return to Galway for good by late summer.

The 32-year-old engineer is now bracing himself for a full court battle in his civil suit against the Health Services Executive (HSE) and obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury.

He is taking a personal injury case through the High Court, claiming among other things that his wife's constitutional right to life was breached.

Solicitor for Mr Halappanavar, Gerard O'Donnell, said his client was preparing for a full court case which would review in intricate detail the final days of his late wife's life.

Negligence

Mr O'Donnell said Mr Halappanavar was preparing for a full court hearing after preliminary talks with the HSE had so far failed to reach any conclusion.

"We have had preliminary talks but we haven't resolved anything yet. Talks are still ongoing. It's up the HSE and its insurers to come forward on this. We had hoped that the case would have moved further by now," he said.

Mr O'Donnell said his client would return to Galway for good by late summer or early Autumn.

"Praveen intends to return to Galway to live here. This is where he and Savita made their home."

The civil suit includes over 30 counts of alleged negligence, including failures in the treatment given to Ms Halappanavar during her time at University Hospital Galway and a failure to terminate the pregnancy when it became clear that Ms Halappanavar's life was at risk.

Irish Independent

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