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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Too much emphasis on Savita foetus would be unacceptable – Reilly

Eilish O'Regan

By Eilish O'Regan

IT would be unacceptable if staff caring for Savita Halappanavar placed too much emphasis on her unviable foetus and not enough on her deteriorating condition, Health Minister James Reilly said today.

He was asked to comment on the findings of  the report of a clinical review into the death of Savita last October in University College Hospital Galway.

The Minister said this would be unacceptable “if it were true” - but he added that he had not seen the unpublished report which has been given to Savita’s husband for observations.

“I have not read the report or got the report . Out of respect for Mr Halappanavar I will not get it until it is complete.”

Representatives of Savita’s husband Praveen are to meet with the chairman of the review group Prof Sir Arulkumaran who examined her care this year.

“I will want to meet the chairman myself to discuss it,” he said.

Asked if he was surprised that Praveen was unhappy with the report he said: “How could any man who has lost his wife be happy.

“I don’t expect that of him. He has suffered a tremendous tragedy and we have to give him time.”

The report will not be completed until Praveen has the opportunity to give his opinion and Dr Reilly said he hoped his input will be included in the report.

Savita (31) died seven days after being admitted to the hospital.She was told she would miscarry but was diagnosed with sepsis three days later and died after developing septic shock.

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