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Timeline of asylum 
seeker's agony

january: The woman is raped and her family are killed in conflict in her home country.

MARCH: The victim seeks asylum in Ireland, arriving as one of a number of her compatriots.

aPRIL: The woman has a medical check-up and discovers that she is eight weeks pregnant. She requests an abortion and does not want to carry her rapist's child.

She receives information about travelling to Britain, but cannot afford the estimated €1,500 cost. She attempts to take her own life.

aPRIL TO juLY: The woman moves to another location. She contacts a friend from her country who advises her to tell a GP about her suicidal thoughts. The GP refers her for assessment under the Protection of Life In Pregnancy Act, 2013, as he deemed her to be suicidal.

The woman is assessed by a panel of experts.

She is told she cannot have an abortion because her pregnancy had progressed too far. She begins to refuse food and water.

She says she is told she can have an abortion, but that she must eat and drink to regain her strength. However, she is later informed that a Caesarean section was the only option.

There is a delay in the baby being delivered to ensure it would survive as the woman was only 24 weeks pregnant. The woman is treated with steroids to increase the baby's lung functions.

AUGUST 2: The HSE goes to court to get a care order allowing her to be hydrated.

AUGUST 5: The HSE returns to court with a care plan.

AUGUST 6 AND 7: The baby is delivered by Caesarean section. Being born after 25 weeks means the baby is in considerable distress.


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