Tuesday 23 January 2018

Attention and luck 'could have saved Savita's life'

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

THE president of the Obstetrics Societies of India has claimed that Savita Halappanavar's life could have been saved "with attention and luck" on the side of the patient and the clinicians.

Dr Hema Divakar, inset, an acclaimed gynaecologist with over 30 years' experience practising in Bangalore, India, revealed how her country had been "taken aback" by the death of Savita because they were aware of the low maternal death rate in Ireland.

She, in turn, was taken aback by the headlines and the reaction of Indians to Savita's death, saying: "The current reality in India is that we needlessly lose so many lives out of pregnancy and pregnancy complications."

Dr Divakar was speaking in an upcoming TV3 documentary on the death of Ms Halappanavar, in October 2012 in University Hospital Galway, entitled 'A Silent Killer: Savita's Story', to be broadcast next Monday.

Irish Independent

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