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Tragic Savita's husband quits Ireland for the US

Brian McDonald

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

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Praveen Halappavanar with a photograph of his wife Savita
Praveen Halappavanar with a photograph of his wife Savita
Savita and husband Praveen
Savita and husband Praveen
Tributes for Savita were held in Galway
Tributes for Savita were held in Galway

THE husband of Savita Halappanavar has left Ireland and is working in the US.

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Praveen Halappanavar, who endured the heartbreak of losing his wife and unborn child at Galway University Hospital 18 months ago, has been transferred to a new position with his employer.

The 32-year-old engineer, who works for medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific, recently finished up his final duties at its Galway plant and will now be based in Los Gatos, California.

Mr Halappanavar confirmed that he had received hate mail telling him to leave Ireland, but stressed that Irish people had mostly been very kind and supportive of him.

The "hurtful and abusive letters" had told him to "leave the country", "mind his own business" and to "clean the mess" in his native India, he told RTE Radio last year.

The engineer is suing the HSE and his wife's consultant obstetrician, Dr Katherine Astbury, over matters arising from the death of Savita at University Hospital Galway on October 28, 2012.

In papers lodged with the High Court last September, the personal injury summons alleges that Ms Halappanavar's constitutional right to life was breached.

It outlines more than 30 issues of alleged negligence, which it is claimed led to her death.

Praveen Halappanavar came to Ireland in 2007 and a year later he married Savita, a 31-year-old dentist, also from India.

Savita became pregnant in 2012 and was admitted to Galway University Hospital on October 21.

She was found to be miscarrying but was not offered a termination.

She died a week later, after miscarrying and contracting E.coli, leading to septic shock.

The inquest into her death returned a verdict of medical misadventure.

Irish Independent

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