Savita miscarriage death inquest

The widower of an Indian dentist who died after suffering a miscarriage after pleading for an abortion in an Irish hospital said he was confident the inquest into her death would establish the truth of what happened.

Widower confident inquest will get to the truth

Praveen Halappanavar outside Galway Coroners court in Ireland this morning.
Praveen Halappanavar outside Galway Coroners court in Ireland this morning. Credit: Niall Parson/PA Wire

The widower of an Indian dentist who died after suffering a miscarriage said he was confident the inquest into her death would establish the truth of what happened.

Read: Woman dies in Irish hospital after being refused an abortion

Arriving for the first day of evidence, Praveen Halappanavar said:

"We have faith in the inquest, so hopefully we will get the answers. The big question is why was Savita treated the way she was not supposed to be? We just want to know why she died."

Savita's widow vows to fight 'for the truth'

Praveen Halappanavar, whose wife Savita died as a result of a miscarriage in an Irish hospital last year, maintains the couple asked repeatedly for an abortion, but were told Ireland "is a Catholic country."

Read: Savita's death prompts thousanads to march for abortion rights in Dublin

His solicitor said he was not satisfied with the results of a report by Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE).

Mr Halappanavar, a 34-year-old engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, has so far refused to co-operate with separate investigations by Ireland's health watchdog and the HSE.

He previously said his late wife is giving him the strength to "fight for the truth" and that he will make a decision on whether to take the Irish Government to the European courts in pursuit of a public inquiry after the inquest.

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Inquest into miscarriage death opens in Ireland

31-year-old Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when was admitted to University Hospital Galway in October last year Credit: Irish Times

An inquest into the death of an Indian dentist who died after suffering a miscarriage in an Irish hospital will begin today.

31-year-old Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on October 21 last year.

She died a week later from suspected septicaemia, days after losing her baby. Her widower Praveen says the couple repeatedly asked for a termination, but were refused.

Read: Woman dies in Irish hospital after being refused an abortion