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Husband will see report into tragic Savita's death by Friday

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Savita Halappanavar. Photo: Reuters

Savita Halappanavar. Photo: Reuters

Savita Halappanavar. Photo: Reuters

THE husband of tragic Savita Halappanavar will be sent the final report into her death by Friday, according to his solicitor.

Gerard O'Donnell told the Herald he had been contacted by a senior HSE official on Friday, who said that he wanted to hand the report directly to Praveen Halappanavar.

Head of HSE West, Tony Canavan, warned Mr O'Donnell that the report would prove 'upsetting' for Mr Halappanavar.

The official was 'keen' to meet personally with Savita's husband, who is currently considering his request.

"[He] Tony Canavan told me on Friday that the report would be ready within seven days, so we are expecting it by Friday," Mr O'Donnell said.

"I am still awaiting instruction from my client as to whether he will meet Mr Canavan. The day in question is Good Friday, which is obviously an unusual day to meet.

"Regarding the report, he did say it would make upsetting reading and I have relayed this to my client."

The final report is expected to present similar findings to those that were detailed in a draft report revealed by the Herald last month.

Mr O'Donnell said that he and Mr Halappanavar had not read the draft report, but that they would be looking forward to reading the 'fresh' final report.

 

Findings

The draft report identified a litany of medical failures and lack of communication at Galway University Hospital.

It said that by the time Savita was admitted to hospital, it was already too late to save her baby. Blood tests that were carried out on Savita on the day of her admission showed an elevated white cell count – this is a key signal for suspected blood poisoning. But despite this, there was an overemphasis on the need not to intervene until the foetal heartbeat stopped and there was a tendency to "await events".

The team who carried out the review said that there was no record of examination of Savita's pulse, blood pressure or temperature to test for early possible infection on her second day in hospital.

Health Minister James Reilly has yet to set a date for the publication of the final report, but has said that it will not be published until it is read by Mr Halappanavar.

noconnor@herald.ie


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