Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar died as a result of a litany of failures by hospital staff, a leaked draft of a probe report said, proving her family’s claim that her death was avoidable.
The report by Ireland’s health ministry revealed that doctors caring for the 31-year-old dentist seriously failed to investigate, recognise and treat the infection which led to her death.
Savita died at Galway University Hospital last October 28 after she was admitted to the hospital on October 21 with severe backpain. She was 17-weeks pregnant and was found to be miscarrying.
An autopsy found she had died of Septicaemia.
The leaked Health Service Executive (HSE) report published by The Independent newspaper “proves” her family’s claim that her death was avoidable as she had asked for an abortion several times before she died.
Doctors had said their “hands were tied” due to Ireland’s strict anti-abortion laws as they could still detect a foetal heartbeat.
According to the leaked document, extracts of which were reported by the Irish media, the infection which led to Savita’s death was not diagnosed for three days and that staff should have considered performing an abortion even before the patient asked for it.
Other failures included tests showing possible blood infection not being followed up by staff and general lack of clarity as her condition grew progressively worse.
Her husband, Praveen Halappanvar said he was in no “condition to make any statement. The family is shocked about the report being leaked”.
– Press Trust of India