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Widower confident inquest will get to the truth

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.

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.

Irish health watchdog launches inquiry into Savita death

Savita Halappanavar Credit: The Irish Times

The Irish public health watchdog has announced it will investigate the death of Savita Halappanavar the 31-year-old dentist who died during a miscarriage, having been denied a termination.

The Irish Republic's health service is already conducting a clinical review into the case, but an independent health safety body will conduct a parallel inquiry.

Savita Halappanavar's husband Praveen has asked for a full, sworn public inquiry into her death.

Three consultants removed from inquiry into death of a pregnant Indian woman

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

Health officials in Ireland have conceded to demands and removed three consultants from a high level inquiry into the death of a pregnant Indian woman in hospital.

Praveen Halappanavar, whose wife Savita died in Galway University Hospital on 28 October after a miscarriage, had refused to co-operate unless the senior doctors were removed.

All three are employed by the west of Ireland hospital which caused fears of a conflict of interest.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny urged Mr Halappanavar to support the inquiry.

He said: "The three doctors will not be part of the investigation and therefore different personnel who are competent, who are experienced and who have no connection to Galway University Hospital will be appointed."

MEPs call for Ireland abortion law changes

Fifty-three members of the European parliament have called on the Irish Government to legislate on abortion after a woman died after being refused an abortion.

Savita Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.

Protesters in Ireland have called for changes to the law on abortion Credit: Press Assocation

The letter was initiated by Irish MEP Paul Murphy and MEP Mikael Gustafsson, who is chair of the Women's Rights and Equality Committee.

Mr Murphy said:

"The breadth of support for this letter demonstrates the anger that exists around the world at the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, a death that could have been avoided by legislation on abortion in Ireland. As 20,000 people demanded yesterday on the streets of Dublin - we need legislation now."

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Father of dead woman urges for change in abortion laws

The father of Savita Halappanavar has urged Ireland's prime minister to change the country's abortion laws.

Andanappa Yalagi said altering the legislation would "save the lives of so many women in the future".

In an interview with the Observer, he directly addressed Taoiseach Enda Kenny, saying:

Sir, please change your law and take consideration of humanity.

Please change the law on abortion, which will help to save the lives of so many women in the future.

We want the government of India to put pressure on Ireland to change the law so that this cannot happen in the future.

– Andanappa Yalagi

Mr Yalagi revealed that he is also considering legal action against the hospital.

Protesters demand changes to abortion law in Ireland

Thousands of people have taken part in a protest march in Dublin to call for changes to abortion law after a woman died after being refused an abortion.

Savita Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died after suffering a miscarriage and septicaemia.

Protesters hold a vigil in Dublin after the death of Savita Halappanavar who was refused an abortion Credit: Press Assocation
A protester holds a candle and poster with Savita Halappanavar's face on it Credit: Press Assocation
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