Inquest rules Savita Halappanavar died of ‘medical misadventure’

The ruling found there were systemic failures or deficiencies in care given to Savita.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: April 20, 2013 3:59 am

Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar,who lost her life after being denied an abortion at a hospital in Ireland,died of “medical misadventure”,a jury at her inquest on Friday ruled unanimously.

The ruling at Galway Courthouse found there were systemic failures or deficiencies in care given to Savita,31. “You showed tremendous loyalty and love to your wife. All of Ireland followed the case,” coroner Ciaran MacLoughlin told Savita’s husband Praveen Halappanavar as he released the verdict at the end of the seven-day inquest on Friday.

The jury also accepted all nine recommendations put forward by coroner Ciaran MacLoughlin,including the failure to chart observations of vital signs every four hours,a failure to pass on information about an elevated white cell count,an “inordinate delay” in reporting back on blood samples and issues relating to note-taking.

Dr McLoughlin had also said the Medical Council should clarify when a doctor can intervene to save the life of a mother,which will remove doubt or fear from the doctor. Savita died from blood poisoning after doctors at University Hospital Galway refused to terminate her pregnancy last year.

“I am still optimistic. The question that has always been in my mind is why Savita died…Today was actually our wedding anniversary so it’s even more hard. Hopefully there will be bright days ahead and something good will come,” her husband said outside courthouse on Friday.

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