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Friday 11 July 2014

International expert for Savita death inquiry team

Eilish O'Regan

Published 16/11/2012|13:15

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An international expert in obstetrics and gynaecology will be appointed to the inquiry team investigating the death of Savita Halappanavar.

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The inquiry will be headed by the Health Service Executive’s director of patient safety, Dr Philip Crowley, and has also identified an international expert to join the team.

The full membership will involve a range of experts with different medical specialties who will be able to examine the range of care which Savita received.

Once the inquiry team is finalised, it will confirm the terms of reference for the inquiry.

The family of Savita will be consulted on the terms of reference of the inquiry into her tragic death.

The HSE said it is expected that both the team and terms of reference will be ready in a matter of days with Savita’s next of kin involved in the process.

Earlier her husband said he was considering suing over her death in a Galway hospital.

Praveen Halappanavar said he would wait for the results of an investigation before making his decision.

"I am still in shock," he said.

Savita’s parents also added their voice to the growing international storm over regulations governing terminations in Ireland.

Amid growing pressure on the Government, Praveen (34), an engineer with Boston Scientific in Galway, praised the support he has received "from all over".

"My main objective is that they should change the law. I know Savita won't come back but I hope that she will rest in peace, you know, if they change the law," Mr Halappanavar said.

Mrs Halappanavar (31), originally from Belgaum in India, died from septicaemia a week after she began to miscarry and asked for a termination at University College Hospital in Galway.

Speaking from her home, her mother Akkamahadevi and her husband Andaneppa Sangappa Yalagi have been highly critical of the regulations.

"The rules should be changed as per the requirement of Hindus. We are Hindus, not Christians," her mother said.

Her husband said he was looking forward to seeing the outcome of the internal hospital investigation and HSE inquiry.

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