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Thursday 17 April 2014

Pregnancy was shared with family just days earlier

JUST three days before she was rushed to hospital Savita Halappanavar had told friends and family that she was expecting a baby girl, a friend has revealed.

She and her husband Praveen had only told their family about the pregnancy and had celebrated with a small gathering in the family home at Roscam, Co Galway.

Her parents had been with their only daughter, on a holiday from their home in India, and returned home the day before Savita became ill.

" They were so delighted to be having their first baby," said Harshad Holehonnur, a close friend of the couple told the Irish Independent.

The young woman had also been "ecstatic" to discover she was having a baby girl, her devastated friend added.

"Savita was the youngest in her family. She had two elder brothers but was the only girl. She was longing to have a girl and had found out that she was having a girl," Mr Holehonnur said.

A close friend of Savita's, Sunil Koppuri, recalled how she was over the moon to be expecting her own child. "She just loved kids and she would call to my home every alternate day to see my children. Every time she went abroad she would bring something back for them. She would teach my daughter Chetana how to dance," Ms Koppuri recalled.

"She was more Irish and more Galwegian than many people here," said friend Ashietosh Waidande. "They loved living here."

Members of the Indian community in Galway spoke touchingly of Savita's deep love of dance.

"She wasn't planning on dancing this year because of the baby but she had put together the whole dance for others," said Mr Waidande, a member of the Indian Community Group.

"She had been out collecting and calling on the community, making sure they came along," he added. After her tragic death the celebrations were cancelled as a mark of respect.

After Savita's passing the Indian community in Galway, Dublin and Athenry rallied around to help Praveen. Friends of Savita's gathered in Galway for a small memorial service at Mervue Church before her remains were flown home.

Irish Independent

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