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Tuesday 24 October 2017

'I want government to apologise', says Savita's heartbroken father

The parents of Savita Halappanavar have called on the government to apologise (Reuters)
The parents of Savita Halappanavar have called on the government to apologise (Reuters)

The father of Savita Halappanavar has called on the Irish Government to officially apologise to the family.

Andanappa Yalagi said the settling of a civil court case against the HSE "changed nothing" for his family.

Speaking from his home in Belgaum, India, he told the Herald that, without an official apology, the family could not move on.

"We want an apology. It is the fault of the Irish government," he said. "I lost my daughter and it is their fault.

"Nothing has changed for us. We remember her every single day. There has not been justice for us.

"The Irish government is not taking any consideration of her parents."

Settlement

Savita's widower, Praveen, sought an official apology along with his civil suit against the HSE following the tragic death of his wife. However, sources confirmed that, while the HSE agreed to a "significant" settlement and admitted that her death was wrongful, the apology did not form part of the agreement.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was informed the case had been settled.

While the settlement is confidential it is believed to include a substantial payment to Savita's husband.

Issuing strike-out orders yesterday, the Judge also made orders for the equal distribution of an additional sum of €35,000, which is payable under the terms of the Civil Liability Act, to be divided between Mr Halappanavar; Savita's parents, Akkamahadevi and Andanappa Yalagi; and her brothers Sanjeev and Santosh.

However, Mr Yalgai said he was disappointed that an official apology had not been made.

"It should have gone to court. I lost my daughter without any apology or any justice," he added. "The Irish Government should still make an official apology. My wife remembers every day about Savita. Every day we are remembering.

"We have been kept in the dark about what is going on in Ireland. We still do not have answers - and this changes nothing for us."

Contact

The heartbroken father said he remained in contact with Praveen, who is in the US as part of a work contract with employers, Boston Scientific.

"[Praveen] has been to India last month and came to meet me, and he has phoned me inquiring about my health," he said.

Savita Halappanavar (31) was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on October 21, 2012.

She died just seven days later, on October 28, as a result of septicaemia caused by ecoli ESBL.

Three separate investigations were carried out into the 31-year-old's death, making a total of 33 recommendations.

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