Irish abortion death report

A long-awaited report into the death Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, who was refused a termination in an Irish hospital as she miscarried, will be published today.

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Dentist's death highlighted issue of abortion in Ireland

The death of Savita Halappanavar as a result of a miscarriage in an Irish hospital last yearhas thrust the controversial issue of abortion in Ireland into the spotlight.

The Indian dentist died from multiple organ failure from septic shock and E.coli after being refused a termination.

Mrs Halappanavar's death sparked mass protests in Ireland. Credit: Press Assocation

The Government committed itself to legislate and overnight published a proposed law to allow abortion if there is a real and substantial risk to a woman's life, including the threat of suicide, by July.

Elsewhere, an investigation by the health watchdog, Hiqa, is examining the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the HSE to patients, including pregnant women, at risk of clinical deterioration and as reflected in the care and treatment provided to Mrs Halappanavar.

Report into Ireland abortion death due

A report into the death of an Indian dentist after she suffered a miscarriage in an Irish hospital will be published today.

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on October 21 with an inevitable miscarriage.

She died from multiple organ failure from septic shock and E.coli a week later

Savita Halappanavar, 31, died in an Irish hospital after being refused an abortion Credit: The Irish Times

The 31-year-old's widower Praveen said his wife's treatment was "horrendous, barbaric and inhuman" and that she was left to die.

Two months after an inquest jury ruled unanimously that Mrs Halappanavar's death was by medical misadventure, Ireland's Health Service Executive will outline the results of its own clinical review.


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