Saturday 19 April 2014
News updated at 10:29 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.4°C
Min : 22.5°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Savita's abortion requests missing from medical file

London, Nov 23,2012 (PTI):
Praveen and Savita Halappanavar are seen during their wedding in a photo from the family wedding album in Belgaum in the southern Indian state of Karnataka

Praveen Halappanavar, husband of an Indian dentist who died due to pregnancy-related complications after being denied abortion in Ireland, says the medical notes made available to him do not contain their repeated pleas for a termination, but mention trivial requests for tea and toast.

"They have all the other information including requests for tea and toast and for an extra blanket, all of that is in the notes, but the important information about requesting the termination is not," Praveen, whose 31-year-old wife Savita died on October 28 at Galway University Hospital, said.

The detailed medical records from the hospital, which were made available to Praveen, do not include doctors' notes for Monday, October 22 — the day the couple first requested a termination.

While doctors' notes are available for Tuesday, October 23, they make no reference to the requested termination which was reiterated on that date.


Praveen described how the missing information had destroyed his faith in the Irish Republic's Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

"It's time to get the facts and the truth for Savita," he was quoted as saying by Belfast Telegraph.

"I don't have any faith in the HSE. I saw (the files) earlier this week. It was a blow and that was the reason why we never wanted the HSE inquiry," said Praveen, who has been demanding a full public probe.

It has also emerged that a number of clinical notes were added to the file after Savita's death.However, none of these refer to the termination request.

Tony O'Brien, head of the HSE, has asked the patient safety watchdog, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), to begin a separate investigation.

Meanwhile, Irish President Michael D Higgins, who earlier said the probe into Savita's death must meet the needs of her family as also the State, defended his intervention in the row. 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Actor-Director Farhan Akhtar along with Rahul Bose and Ronnie Lahiri during the inauguration ...

Actor-Director Farhan Akhtar along with Rahul Bose and Ronnie Lahiri during the inauguration ...

During the extended week end, large number of tourists flock to Amba vilas palace, in Mysore. DH...

During the extended week end, large number of tourists flock to Amba vilas palace, in Mysore. DH...

A farmer trying to drain out water from his wheat field with the help of a bucket after heavy...

A farmer trying to drain out water from his wheat field with the help of a bucket after heavy...

Rickshaw pullers try to keep their balance as they ride past a dust storm in Agartala, Saturday...

Rickshaw pullers try to keep their balance as they ride past a dust storm in Agartala, Saturday...

People drinking coconut water on a hot summer day near VV Mohall, in Mysore. DH photo

People drinking coconut water on a hot summer day near VV Mohall, in Mysore. DH photo

Transgenders celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders or eunuchs as third...

Transgenders celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders or eunuchs as third...

School children paint on the body of a tram during the 'World Art day' celebrations in Kolkata on...

School children paint on the body of a tram during the 'World Art day' celebrations in Kolkata on...

Shuttler Saina Nehwal with students at a promotional event in Hyderabad on Saturday. PTI Photo

Shuttler Saina Nehwal with students at a promotional event in Hyderabad on Saturday. PTI Photo

Children participating in the drawing and patinting competition, organised by Manjushri arts and...

Children participating in the drawing and patinting competition, organised by Manjushri arts and...

Police and locals remove rubbles from a vehicle damaged after landslide on Jammu-Srinagar ...

Police and locals remove rubbles from a vehicle damaged after landslide on Jammu-Srinagar ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523