Savita death report nears publication

The long-awaited internal report into the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar in Ireland is likely to be published soon, with her husband agreeing to allow his lawyer to meet the head of a health service investigation this week.

Praveen Halappanavar had postponed the meeting with Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran until after the inquest into Savita’s death, which concluded last month that she died of medical misadventure.

His lawyer, Gerard O’Donnell and his friend, C V R Prasad, a hospital consultant, will meet Prof Arulkumaran in Galway city on Wednesday.

Praveen decided not to attend the meeting himself.

According to the ‘Irish Independent’, they are expected to make detailed submissions, based on evidence that emerged over the course of the eight-day inquest in Galway last month.

Savita, 31, died at Galway University Hospital on October 28 last year, after she miscarried her baby at 17 weeks.

The inquest told of a litany of systems and communications failures and how the medical team missed the early signs of blood poisoning that eventually killed her.

The inquest also heard how her two requests for termination were refused because her life was not at risk, in accordance with stringent anti-abortion laws in Ireland.

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