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Ireland: Pregnant woman dies in hospital after being refused termination

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Savita HalappanavarA pregnant woman died at University Hospital in Galway after she was refused to terminate her pregnancy because Ireland is a “Catholic country.” Savita Halappanavar, 31, arrived at the hospital suffering from back pain on October 21st. She asked to terminate her pregnancy but doctors refused.

Savita’s husband said his wife was upset she risked losing the baby but knew it was her only chance to survive because she was in agony. Still, the Indian couple were told nothing could be done “as long as there is foetal heartbeat.” Ms Halappanavar died as she was being monitored in the hospital’s intensive care unit on October 28. 

As the Irish Times reports, Halappanavar spent more than two days in agony and the foetus was removed only after its heartbeat stopped. Savita died in the hospital’s intensive care unit where she died of septicaemia “documented ante-mortem” and E. Coli ESBL.

Mr Halappanavar took his wife’s body home and cremated her on November 3rd.


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