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Dr Savita Halappanavar: Widower condemns "Barbaric and Inhuman Care"

The widower of the Indian dentist who died after being denied an abortion at an Irish hospital has condemned the "barbaric and inhuman care" she received in hospital after an inquest into her death ruled the 31-year-old from Karnataka had died due to "Medical Misadventure".

Praveen Halappanavar, husband of Dr Savita Halappanavar, said after the verdict on Friday that he had yet to find out properly why his wife had died adding that University Hospital Galway had left her to die and did nothing to help her until it was too late.

Mr Halappanavar's comments came on what would have been the coupe's fifth wedding anniversary.

The coroner at the inquest in Galway ruled that system failures and not individual mistakes had led to Dr Halappanavar's death and made nine separate recommendations, including clearly defining when doctors can terminate a foetus.

Dr Halappanavar, originally from Belgaum in Karnataka, was admitted to the hospital on 21 October 2012 when she was 17 weeks pregnant.

In spite of miscarrying her baby daughter, she was repeatedly denied a termination by medical staff who told the couple that abortion was illegal because "Ireland was a Catholic country".

She died a week later from septicaemia brought on by an E Coli infection.

Halappanavar's plight became the focus of an international outcry against Ireland's strict anti-abortion laws, which the governing coalition in Dublin has promised to reform.

The proposed legislation is likely to include changing and clarifying the law to allow doctors to carry out emergency abortions.

In an interview with the Guardian, midway through what were often harrowing proceedings inside the Galway court house, Praveen Halappanavar said: "Savita loved the limelight; she enjoyed the attention. And it's all for her, and maybe something out of this will be for good in the long run."

He said his wife loved living in the fashionable west of Ireland city of Galway, and had an eclectic range of friends. She had started classes in 2010 for local children, teaching them to dance.

After the jury's verdict, Praveen Halappanavar vowed to continue to seek answers and insisted that someone should be held accountable.

He said: "They could have intervened from day one because they knew the foetus wasn't viable."



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