Saturday 29 April 2017

Miriam Donohoe: This sombre report will bring only pain to the heartbroken family of Savita

Praveen Halapannar sits with a photograph of his wife Savita at friends house in Galway yesterday
Praveen Halapannar sits with a photograph of his wife Savita at friends house in Galway yesterday

THE draft report into the tragic death of expectant mother Savita Halappanavar at Galway University Hospital last October makes for sombre reading, and will mean heartache revisited for her husband, Praveen, and her wider family.

The report, part of which was leaked yesterday, raises a whole new set of questions surrounding the medical care Savita received after she was admitted to the hospital while 17 weeks pregnant with severe back pain.

Her death became international news and put Ireland in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The word went around the globe that a 31-year-old perfectly healthy woman who was miscarrying died when she was refused an abortion, allegedly because of the religious ethos of this country.

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