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Savita Halappanavar's widower Praveen arrives at the inquest into his wife's death in Galway this morning. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Inquest into death of Savita Halappanavar begins in Galway

The inquest will mark the first time that staff who treated Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway will give sworn evidence.

THE FULL INQUEST into the death of Savita Halappanavar has begun in Galway today.

Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she died at University Hospital Galway from suspected blood poisoning.

She had been miscarrying and was told her foetus stood no chance of survival, but was denied a termination.

At least 16 medical witnesses, including experts, will offer evidence at the inquest, which is expected to continue for at least a week.

Halappanavar’s widower Praveen is among those giving evidence at the first day of the inquest.

The inquest will see the hospital staff who treated Halappanavar identified and cross-examined for the first time.

A separate HSE inquiry into Halappanavar’s death has been completed but not yet published, while a HIQA investigation is also ongoing.

Read: Draft report on Savita death doesn’t say why she died – solicitor

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