Catastrophic series of mistakes led to pregnant Savita's death in anti-abortion Ireland

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 06:42 hrs

London: Indian-origin dentist Savita Halappanavar, who died after being refused an abortion in Ireland, was the victim of a catastrophic series of mistakes by hospital staff who underestimated the severity of a fatal blood infection for long after her miscarriage.

Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to Galway University Hospital in October last year.

She and her husband Praveen had begged hospital doctors for a termination, which could have prevented the blood infection developing into septic shock, but were refused on the grounds that Ireland was a Catholic country, the Daily Mail reports.

An independent review of her case revealed that doctors failed to investigate, recognize and treat the infection which led to her death.

Important blood tests carried out on her were not followed up for three days while the review team could find no evidence of Savita's pulse, blood pressure or temperature being taken on her second day in hospital.

According to the report, a check on these could have offered early indication of a possible blood infection.

Compounding the tragedy, Praveen is said to be distraught after the report was leaked into his wife's death before he even had a chance to look at it.

It is claimed that the inquest into the Indian national's death in a Galway hospital may not go ahead on April 8 as planned because requests for key documents from the HSE on behalf of Praveen has allegedly been ignored, the report said.

The draft, dated December 27, suggested that a termination should have been considered and that a blood infection went undiagnosed days before her death.

The leaking of a draft of Professor Arulkumaran's HSE-commissioned investigation team report isn't the only matter that is disturbing Praveen's legal team, it added. 

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