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Catholic stupidity kills women.

Savita Halappanavar, who was found to be miscarrying when admitted, died of septicaemia at University Hospital Galway

KITTY HOLLAND and PAUL CULLEN, Health Correspondent

Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

Intensive care

The dead foetus was removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on the 28th.

Irish Times

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At least her tragic and unnecessary death is bringing awareness. Even Catholic Ireland has exceptions to allow abortion if the woman's life is in danger. This clearly was the case, and the exception was not applied. I find it abhorrent that their law specifies "life" and not "health". There are no exceptions for the health of the pregnant woman.

Expert appointed over Savita Halappanavar death

Protesters outside Leinster House in Dublin Protesters outside Leinster House in Dublin

An independent expert has been appointed to investigate the death of pregnant woman Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway.

Her family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying.

Her husband told the BBC the termination was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat.

Her death led to a series of protests against Ireland's abortion laws.

About 2,000 people gathered outside the Irish parliament, the Dáil, in Dublin on Wednesday evening calling for the reform of the Republic's abortion laws.

A minute's silence was held in memory of Mrs Halappanavar, 31, who was a dentist and was originally from India.

A group of about 40 protesters also gathered outside the Irish embassy in London. In Cork, a candlelight vigil was held at the city's opera house in her memory.

When asked by the BBC if he thought his wife would still be alive if the termination had been allowed, Mrs Halappanavar's husband, Praveen, said: "Of course, no doubt about it."

He said staff at the hospital told them Ireland was "a Catholic country".

Her death, on 28 October, is the subject of two investigations.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Ireland's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it would appoint an independent, external expert in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The HSE said the National Incident Management Team (NIMT) would oversee a review. The make-up of that team and its terms of reference are yet to be finalised.

'Rare situation'

University Hospital Galway will also carry out an internal investigation. It said it could not comment on individual cases but would be cooperating fully with the coroner's inquest into Ms Halappanavar's death.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group extended its sympathy to the husband, family and friends of Ms Halappanavar.

Dr Muiris Houston, health analyst for The Irish Times newspaper, said that all of the circumstances surrounding the incident had not been revealed yet.

He described it as a "rare situation".

Savita Halappanavar Savita Halappanavar's family said she asked several times for an abortion before she died. Photograph courtesy of the Irish Times

The Indian ambassador to Ireland, Debashish Chakravarti, said his embassy was monitoring developments.

"We deeply regret that this lady died in the circumstances that she did and, of course, the death of any Indian national is a source of concern to us, I suppose," he said.

"Steps should be taken so that it doesn't happen to any other Indian citizen."

Abortion is illegal in the Republic except where there is a real and substantial risk to the life, as distinct from the health, of the mother.

In January, the Irish government established a 14-member expert group to make recommendations based on a 2010 European Court of Human Rights judgment that the state failed to implement existing rights to lawful abortion where a mother's life was at risk.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that group was due to report back to the Minister for Health, James Reilly, shortly.

"The minister will consider the group's report and subsequently submit it to government," the spokesperson said.

Mr Halappanavar is still in India after accompanying his wife's body there for her funeral.

cervix opened up, the equivelant of a big open gash on the head. I could have seen it coming at that point and I dont have a medical degree.

This story is sad, very sad! They claim they are pro-life. What life? IF a woman can die because of someone's bronze age beliefs, then we have a problem!

best part, those whom support the policy think she's just a pagan who will burn in hell for all eternity. Dosen't religion just touch your heart some days. No matter just how shady I am in my life, Im still better then most of the people on this planet. It's sad really.  Good catholic virtues also include shoving jews in gas chambers and butchering and raping muslim women. Obviously they are not a good moral standard to hold.

I'm sure that she was misdiagnosed because It's impossible to get septicaemia when the foetal is still alive!

not true, the moment your cervix is opened(her cervix opened up while there was a heart beat) bacteria can get into your blood. Then your immune system uses disproportionate force, doing more damage then the bacteria.

Aha! Now I understand what happend to her!

Such a issue the use of pain killers wouldnt be an option, it is probably one of the worst ways imaginable to die.

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