Wednesday 22 November 2017

Praveen will be away as Savita report published

Praveen Halappanavar
Praveen Halappanavar

Eilish O'Regan and  Caroline Crawford

THE husband of Savita Halappanavar will be out of the country for the publication of the long-awaited final report of an independent inquiry into her death today.

Praveen Halappanavar who is understood to be on holiday, will miss the publication of the clinical review into the death of the Indian dentist. It is expected to be strongly critical of the standard of care she received.

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, a Sri Lanka-born expert on maternal care from the University of London who headed the clinical review, is due in Dublin to outline his findings.

Savita (31) died of septicaemia at University Hospital Galway on October 28.

When admitted to the hospital a week earlier she was 17 weeks pregnant and told she would miscarry.

An inquest into her death held earlier this year revealed how she and her husband asked for a termination but were refused because the foetus still had a heartbeat.

Mr Halappanavar's solicitor, Gerard O'Donnell, was given a copy of the final report yesterday and is believed to have briefed his client on its findings.

Mr O'Donnell said he and his client had been hoping for a meeting with Health Minister James Reilly prior to the report being made public.

Irish Independent

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