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Her father vows he'll fight on

THE father of Savita Halappanavar has said he will not get justice for his daughter until he knows who is responsible for her death and why she died.

Speaking to the Herald from his home in India, Andaneppa Yalagi was commenting after the HSE published its report in the death of the 31-year-old dentist last October in Galway University Hospital.

While Mr Yalagi welcomed the recommendations of the document, he said: "That report will help other people in the future, but it does not tell me who is responsible for my daughter's death and why she died.

"Without this information there is an injustice to Savita," he told the Herald.

"My daughter's life was very precious and now she is dead. There is no reply for that."

Last month, Mr Yalagi vowed to make the HSE and University Hospital Galway "pay the price" for the death of Savita and is planning to bring a civil case.

"Those responsible for Savita's death must pay for the pain and hurt they have caused.

"I will continue to seek justice because it is the only thing I can now do," he said.

"We are not satisfied with the inquest because the questions of 'why' and 'how' Savita died have not been answered."

In April, an inquest jury ruled that Savita's death was caused by medical misadventure.

She was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the University Hospital Galway on October 21 last year with an inevitable miscarriage.

She died from multi-organ failure from septic shock and e.coli, four days after she delivered her dead foetus.

Savita's husband Praveen will continue to fight for justice for his wife, his solicitor Gerard O'Donnell has said.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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