Savita's husband likely to pursue her case in European courts
Posted on: 06:37 PM IST Apr 20, 2013
London: The husband of an Indian dentist, who lost her life after being denied an abortion in Ireland, has indicated that he would consider further action in the case through the courts in Europe after a jury at her inquest ruled that she died of medical misadventure.
An 11-member on Friday unanimously ruled that 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar died of "medical misadventure". Soon after the verdict, her husband Praveen Halappanavar said he is still considering further action through the courts in Europe, as he believes his wife's right to life was breached, The Irish Times reported.
"I haven't got my answers yet why Savita died. I will get to the bottom of the truth," he said. "Medicine is all about preventing the natural history of the disease and improving the patient's life and health, and look what they did. She was just left there to die. We were always kept in the dark," he said.
"If Savita would have known her life was at risk she would have jumped off the bed, straight to a different hospital. But we were never told."
Savita was 17 weeks pregnant when admitted to University Hospital Galway on October 21, 2012. She died a week later from blood poisoning after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy, telling her that the foetal heartbeat was still present and "this is a Catholic country".
A spokesman of the University hospital Galway acknowledged there were lapses in the standards of care provided to Savita. Tony Canavan, chief operating officer of Galway Roscommon Hospital Group, promised the deficiencies identified at the
inquest would be recified by the hospital and all recommendations would be taken on board. Some of the recommendations had already been acted on, he said.