Gardaí to investigate Savita death

Published Saturday, 17 November 2012
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Gardaí are assisting the coroner in an investigation into the death of a young pregnant woman at a hospital in Galway, it has been confirmed.

Gardaí to investigate Savita death
Protestors outside Leinster House in Dublin earlier this week. (© PA)

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist originally from India, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died at Galway University Hospital last month after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.

Her husband Praveen has claimed his wife pleaded with doctors to perform a medical termination, but they denied her requests because there was a heartbeat present. She died on Sunday, 28 October.

Pro-choice marches and candlelight vigils took place in Dublin, Galway and London on Saturday afternoon.

Two inquiries into the death are under way - one by the Galway-Roscommon University Hospitals Group, due to report in three months, and a second Health Service Executive (HSE) investigation involving an independent expert in obstetrics and gynaecology from Northern Ireland.

A report by the coroner will also be handed over to government.

© UTV News
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Jan Jan in ireland wrote (682 days ago):
Sorry, but I can't believe that in Ireland the law says that interruption is higher that mothers life co i think that this case is not about interruption but about wrong doctors judgement about seriousness of situation. If doctors knew, it would save her life i believe they would do it. It's normal that doctors don't accept diagnosis made by their patients as something they should follow.
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