Indian dentist Savita could have been saved: Report

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Savita Halappanavar
London, April 3: Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist who died in Ireland in October 2012 could have been saved states the inquiry report. The 31 year old dentist was denied abortion at the cost of her health.

The report has said that the "overemphasis on the welfare of the unviable foetus and underemphasis on her deteriorating health" by the staff at Galway University Hospital is the reason for her death.

The inquiry report by the Health Service Executive further says that her "vital signs were inadequately monitored; she was seriously ill, but that this was not acted on... she had further deteriorated, and still this was not acted on adequately". "The investigating team considers there was an apparent overemphasis on the need not to intervene until the foetal heart stopped, together with an underemphasis on the need to focus an appropriate attention on monitoring for and managing the risk of infection and sepsis in the mother," the Irish Times reported, citing the inquiry report draft.

The dentist died in Ireland after maternal complications on October 28, when doctors refused to terminate her 17 week pregnancy owing that it was a 'Catholic country'.

However, Halappanavar's solicitor Gerard O'Donnell "said that Savita's husband, Praveen Halappanavar, is not satisfied with the report. "No he is not satisfied because it doesn't answer why. It doesn't answer the question why was the request for the termination not acceded to even when she became ill and her life was in danger, why wasn’t it acted upon then," the paper quoted Gerard O'Donnell as saying.

"He wants to find out why this happened, why she was not treated, why she did not get treated. It is very clear from the report there was an overemphasis on the foetus and an underemphasis on the patient. That is what all this is about." O'Donnell said his client believed that Savita died because she was refused abortion. O'Donnell will meet the chairman of the inquiry team later this week.

OneIndia News (With inputs from PTI)

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