Disturbing Case

A miscarrying Indian woman who died from blood poisoning in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion died because staff bungled her diagnosis and didn’t give her prompt treatment, a jury unanimously ruled Friday in a case that has divided Ireland.

That’s the first paragraph of a CBC report on a coroner’s inquest that has just reported on the Oct. 28 death of a 31-year old East Indian woman named Savita Halappanavar who experienced serious problems in pregnancy and despite the pleadings of her husband Praveen was unable to obtain a termination. Her husband had pleaded with doctors at University Hospital Galway to do the procedure, but they refused while the 17-week old fetus still had a heartbeat. During the inquest, the husband testified that a nurse told him that treating his wife was complicated because Ireland was a Catholic country and… well, you know…

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Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.