‘I held her hand. They pumped her heart. The doctor just told me they lost her’: Agony of husband who watched his pregnant wife, 31, die from blood poisoning after Irish doctors refused to perform an abortion
- Savita Halappanavar, 31, was found to be miscarrying when she was admitted to Galway University Hospital
- The dentist, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was denied a medical termination despite being in ‘agonising pain’
- Mrs Halappanavar, who went on to suffer a miscarriage, developed septicaemia and died on October 28
- Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has come under renewed pressure to legislate for abortion
- A demonstration is due to take place outside the Irish parliament building tonight
- Abortion is illegal in the Republic of Ireland
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Sunday 21 October:
Patient presents to hospital complaining of backpain.
Patient is admitted with a threatened miscarriage to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit.
Monday 22 October:
After 24 hours of admission, antibiotics are given.
Tuesday 23 October:
Patient transferred to theatre.
Spontaneous miscarriage occurs.
Wednesday 24 October:
Post-theatre patient is transferred to Intensive Care Unit.
Patient remains unwell.
Thursday-Saturday 25-27 October:
Patient continues to deteriorate.
Sunday 28 October:
Patient dies in ICU.
Post mortem examination ordered by coroner.
Timeline credit to RTE
- Husband: Ireland hospital denied Savita Halappanavar life saving abortion because it is a “Catholic country” (cbsnews.com)
- Savita Halappanavar’s medically unnecessary death | Jill Filipovic for Feministe (guardian.co.uk)
- Woman refused abortion dies in Ireland (bigpondnews.com)
- Woman dies in Ireland after abortion denied (thestar.com)
- Abortion debate erupts in Ireland after death of critically ill woman denied quick termination of fetus (news.nationalpost.com)