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Praveen Halappanavar’s solicitor receives draft report on Savita death

Praveen Halappanavar will now be given the opportunity to offer feedback on the report before it is officially published.

Praveen Halappanavar - seen her after a preliminary inquest into his wife Savita's death - has continued his calls for a public inquiry into the events at UHG.
Praveen Halappanavar - seen her after a preliminary inquest into his wife Savita's death - has continued his calls for a public inquiry into the events at UHG.
Image: Brian Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Updated, 12:52

THE SOLICITOR representing the husband of the late Savita Halappanavar has received a copy of the HSE’s draft report into Savita’s death.

A seven-member team, chaired by London-based obstetrician Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, has been working on the report for the last four months.

Praveen Halappanavar was not present when the report was delivered to the solicitor’s office, RTÉ reports, as he had decided not to participate in the investigation while seeking a full public inquiry into Savita’s death.

Halappanavar will be given an opportunity to offer feedback and propose changes given that he has not played a part in the investigation so far.

The report will not be formally published until next week at the earliest.

Halappanavar died at University Hospital Galway in October following a miscarriage, from suspected blood poisoning.

Around 30 people are named in the report – of which an early draft was leaked last month.

The early draft reportedly detailed a litany of medical failures in dealing with Halappanavar’s condition, and that a blood infection had gone undiagnosed for days.

She had been miscarrying for several days, and had requested an abortion, but had been told that a termination could not be carried out because a foetal heartbeat was still present.

Her death prompted major public outcry and sparked fresh calls for legislation to permit abortion in certain circumstances.

Read: ‘You can’t change facts’: Savita report with government next week

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