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Family want trust set up in memory of daughter Savita


 Savita. Picture: PA

Savita. Picture: PA

Savita. Picture: PA

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 with a trust that would help people in need.

He said: "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."

Her parents and brothers will mark the first anniversary of her death with a private memorial in her home town in India.

Mr Yalagi said: "We are all gathering today to mourn for her," he told the Herald from his home in Belgaum, India. "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."

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 remembered in the city she had come to love.



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

He plans to return to Ireland for the court case being taken by the family against the HSE and obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury for negligence.

A candlelit vigil to mark Savita's first anniversary will be held in Galway city tonight.

The organisers described the event as non-political. Those who attend are urged to bring cards, which will be passed on to Savita's family.