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Praveen Halappanavar pictured with his late wife Savita at their home in Galway Photo by: Asia Press

Savita Halappanavar report to be presented to her husband’s attorney

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Praveen Halappanavar pictured with his late wife Savita at their home in Galway Photo by: Asia Press

The report into the death of Savita Halappanavar will be handed over to the attorney acting on behalf of her husband Praveen on Good Friday.

The chief operating officer of Galway Roscommon Hospital Group Tony Canavan is to present the official state report to Halappanavar’s solicitor Gerard O’Donnell.

Her husband has declined to attend the handover at O’Donnell’s office.

O’Donnell told the Irish Times: “I will make the report immediately available to my client.

“We will both review it over the weekend for any inaccuracies and consider whether we want to make any comments on it. I think we will be invited again to meet the chairman of the review team. I will take guidance from my client on that.”

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist, died at Galway University Hospital on October 28th after she was refused an abortion during a miscarriage.

O’Donnell added that his client hopes the official HSE report into her death will give a true picture, not only of what happened from a clinical point of view, but of the level of care and compassion Halappanavar was shown in the week leading up to her death.

The paper adds that her husband has consistently maintained that she had repeatedly requested a medical termination over a three-day period.

He said this was refused because the foetal heartbeat was still present and she was told ‘this is a Catholic country’.

Savita died of septicaemia and E.coli, documented before death, a week after she was admitted.

The report has been undertaken by a seven-member investigating team chaired by Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at St George’s Hospital, University of London.

Solicitor O’Donnell added: “My client is anxious about the report. He is hoping it tells the truth, that it will show how poorly his beloved wife was treated.

“He knows the truth. He was there by her side through all of it and has been absolutely consistent in telling what happened.

“He has been very alone with all this. Despite having very good support from friends, he has no family here. So he has been brave and consistent and would not be fobbed off.”

Ireland’s Minister for Health Dr James Reilly told the paper that Savita’s husband and his advisers would be given time to examine the report.

Minister Reilly said: “There will be an invitation extended to him to meet with the chairman and then to make any observations that he might wish to make which therefore could be incorporated into the report.”

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