Thursday 22 March 2018

Medical negligence case taken by Savita Halappanavar's widower settled out of court

Savita Halappanavar
Savita Halappanavar
Savita's husband Praveen
Savita Halappanavaar
Praveen Halappanavar, with his wife Savita
Savita with her husband Praveen in happier days
Praveen Halappanavar with photos of his wife, Savita
Savita Halappanavar (31) died on October 28 in 2012
Savita Halappanavar
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A medical negligence case being taken by the widower of Savita Halappanavar has been settled out of court.

The case, which was being taken by Praveen Halappanavar against the HSE and obstetrician Katherine Astbury was due to begin tomorrow in the High Court.

However, a source has told the Irish Independent the case was settled late last week.

While details of the agreement have not been made public it is understood the settlement is significant.

Mr Halappanavar has been living in the US for the past number of years while he carries out a mid-term project for his employers Boston Scientific. He was expected to return and give evidence in the case. However, it’s understood he did not return home from the US for the talks last week.

Papers for the personal injury summons, lodged with the High Court in September 2013, stated that Ms Halappanavar's constitutional right to life was breached.

The civil suit included over 30 of alleged negligence in the case, including failures in the treatment given to Ms Halappanavar during her time at University Hospital Galway and a failure to terminate the pregnancy when it became clear that Ms Halappanavar's life was at risk.

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

Savita with her husband Praveen in happier days
Savita with her husband Praveen in happier days

Her husband Praveen consistently claimed she had asked on several occasions for a termination but was refused.

An inquest returned a verdict of medical misadventure while a HSE clinic review into her treatment found there had been inadequate assessment and monitoring of the patient.

A Hiqa report into Ms Halappanavar's death identified 13 "missed opportunities" which, if acted upon, "may potentially have resulted in a different outcome for her".

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