Monday 19 March 2018

Family want trust to help others in memory of Savita

Savita Halappanavar
Savita Halappanavar
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

THE family of Savita Halappanavar have called on the Government to set up a trust in her memory, as they mark her first anniversary today.

Her heartbroken father Andaneepa Yalagi said he wanted the Government to honour his daughter's memory with a trust which would help people in need.

"I want Savita to be remembered. I want the Irish Government to establish a trust for her memory.

"Something that could help others. I think that is how they should honour her," he told the Irish Independent.

Her parents and brothers will mark her first anniversary at a private memorial in her home town in India.

Mr Yalagi said the family would be joined by their extended relatives and friends to mourn Savita and remember their daughter.

"We are all gathering today to mourn for her. Our relatives and family will get together to mourn her death.

"We are feeling too much at this time. Every day we mourn for her but I can't believe it is possible that one year has passed already," he said from the family home in Belgaum, India.

The young dentist will also be remembered in her adopted home of Galway this evening with a silent vigil. Mr Yalagi said he was grateful his daughter was still being commemorated in the city that she had come to love.

"I am very glad that Savita is being remembered. It is a good thing that they are doing.

"Her memory is all we have left. Every day in India myself and my wife remember Savita because she was the only daughter for us," he said.

Mr Yalagi said he had reviewed the HIQA report into Savita's death and was "happy" that it highlighted criticisms of her treatment.

Health Minister James Reilly has invited Praveen to meet him. However, a date has not yet been set for the meeting.

Irish Independent

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