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Candlelight vigils to mark second anniversary of Savita Halappanavar's tragic death


Praveen Halappanavar, with his wife Savita

Praveen Halappanavar, with his wife Savita

Praveen Halappanavar, with his wife Savita

The heartbroken widower of Savita Halappanavar, who died two years ago today, is set to return to Ireland within weeks.

Praveen Halappanavar is reportedly moving back to Galway and his job at Boston Scientific as he prepares for his legal case against the HSE.

Savita (31) was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying when admitted to the hospital on October 21, 2012. She died seven days later on October 28 as a result of septicaemia caused by ecoli ESBL.

Candlelight vigils commemorating the Indian dentist, with an hour of silence and solidarity, will also be held this evening at 6pm at the gates of Stephen's Green, Dublin, and on Eyre Square, Galway.

Mr Halappanavar's lawyer Gerard O’Donnell said the tragic widower, who has been living in the United States since last December, will find it difficult returning back to Ireland because of what happened.

“But he really likes Galway,” he told the Irish Daily Mail.

“It’s where he has a lot of friends and he has a job with Boston Scientific to return to.”

Mr O'Donnell said a civil suit being taken by his client against the HSE and obstetrician Katherine Astbury was progressing and should be heard by early spring.

Nine hospital staff involved in the care of Savita were disciplined after a review of her case. However, none were dismissed or suspended and all staff members continue to work at University Hospital Galway (UHG).

A further 21 staff members who were involved in caring for the young dentist were found to have "no case to answer". This includes staff in the hospital's ICU who were later praised for their care of Ms Halappanavar.

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