Savita Halappanavar’s family distraught after draft report into her death is leaked to media
Husband says family in India are in shock after details emerge
The husband and family of the late Savita Halappanavar are distraught that details of the report into her death were leaked to newspapers before they were given access to them.
Praveen Halappanavar told the Irish Times in a statement that he is in shock at the manner in which he has been treated.
The 31-year-old said he was ‘not in a condition’ to respond to the leaks from the HSE’s report into his wife’s death after her request for an abortion at a Galway hospital was turned down.
Halappanavar also said that Savita’s family in India were ‘highly distraught’ that the preliminary findings had been leaked to the media before they had been briefed on its contents.
He told the Irish Times: “I’m not in a condition to make any statement. The family is shocked about the report being leaked.”
Family solicitor Gerard O’Donnell told the paper that his client was as upset as he had been in the days after his wife’s death.
O’Donnell said: “I saw him in the days after she died and he is in the same frame of mind. He’s very down, distressed and very upset.
“He just feels he and Savita have been very badly treated again, that this simply should not have happened and that he and Savita’s family have been treated with total disrespect all the way through.
“Here he is listening to the report into his wife’s death being bandied about on the public airwaves and he hadn’t even had a chance to look at it.”
The lawyer also confirmed that he has yet to hear anything from the Health Service Authority after the draft report was leaked to the Evening Herald newspaper.
“I have not heard from anyone in the executive. And they have my mobile number.”
Galway based consultant Dr CVR Prasad, a close friend of Praveen Halappanavar, also told the Irish Times at his shock that the draft report was leaked.
Dr Prasad said: “Just yesterday I had an email from Gerry O’Donnell telling me the report would be published at the end of the month, then I hear all this on the news.
“The draft does vindicate everything we have said. From studying her medical notes, any final-year medical student would have known she should have had an abortion. Treatment was not just delayed.
“It was denied. The pregnancy should have been terminated and Savita would have been with us today.”
Savita Halappanavar died at Galway University Hospital last October. She was 17 weeks pregnant when she presented at the hospital a week earlier with severe back pain and was found to be miscarrying.
Her repeated requests for an abortion were turned down by the hospital, allegedly on legal grounds.
O’Donnell has reiterated to the Irish Times that there was no record of Ms Halappanavar’s request for a termination in the medical notes.
He said: “That is what we have always said and that remains the case.
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