Friday 21 November 2014

Medical experts vow to help Savita's family on case

Published 01/01/2013 | 05:00

A NUMBER of international medical experts have offered their services to the Halappanavar family if they bring a case regarding the death of Savita Halappanavar to the European courts.

A spokesman for the family has confirmed that husband Praveen Halappanavar has been offered assistance from a significant number of experts from the medical professions.

A number of legal experts from around the world have also offered their services to the family in any future case.

"There has been quite a bit of international offers of help in this case. We've had offers from international legal and medical professionals," said Gerard O'Donnell, solicitor for Mr Halappanavar.

"International experts are making themselves available to Praveen for this case.

"A number of them have contacted us directly and others have made contact through organisations and have insisted they will be available for the case," he added.

Mr Halappanavar has agreed to delay any possible action before the European Courts until the HSE report has been completed after meeting earlier this month with Health Minister James Reilly.

The report is due to be finalised by the end of January or mid-February at the latest.

Delay

However, the family reiterated their intent to press ahead with a case to the court of Human Rights if their calls for an independent inquiry were not met.

Mr Halappanavar has returned to his job as an engineer with Boston Scientific but is continuing to push for a full independent inquiry into his wife's death.

Savita's parents are also planning to travel from their home in Belguam in India to Ireland to help press for a further inquiry if one is not forthcoming.

"Savita's family cannot understand the delay here. They are planning on travelling here if they don't get some news," said Mr O'Donnell.

Savita died of septicaemia on October 28 following a miscarriage. Her husband claims she requested a termination but that this was denied.

Irish Independent

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