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.

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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.