Wednesday 22 November 2017

I hope Savita's family don't endure what I have, says Ballagh

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

ARTIST Robert Ballagh says he hopes that the family of Savita Halappanavar don't share his experience trying to get answers over his wife's sudden death.

Mr Ballagh (68) said he was still awaiting an internal report on the death of his wife, Betty, almost two years after she was found dead in a hospital toilet.

And he said that he hoped Mrs Halappanavar's family don't have to wait as long as he has to find out how Ms Halappanavar (31) died of septicaemia at Galway's University Hospital last month after suffering a miscarriage.

Her husband Praveen claims that she repeatedly asked for a medical termination, which was denied on religious grounds.

"What I would wish for him and his family is that they get better treatment than I did. I would wish that what Enda Kenny said will come true: that they will get the report within two or three weeks. Not two or three months or two or three years," he told RTE's 'Liveline' programme yesterday.


Betty Ballagh was found dead in the toilet of St Joseph's Hospital in Raheny, north Dublin, on February 27, 2011.

A post-mortem examination revealed that she died of a heart condition.

A spokesman for the hospital last night said it could not comment on individual cases. However, when Mr Ballagh raised the issue last July, the hospital said that it informed him that it was conducting a review of Mrs Ballagh's care.

"This review is currently in progress and we will communicate directly with Mr Ballagh on these matters," the hospital told the Irish Independent in July.

Officials from the Health Service Executive (HSE) could not be reached for comment last night.

Irish Independent

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