This is Ireland: Young pregnant woman with septicemia denied abortion, dies
On November 14, 2012 At 8:35 am
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This is Ireland. A country with green and rolling landscape, where people are friendly and quaint cottages dot the countryside–where you can get a pint of Guinness and sing in the pubs, and where women die because abortion is illegal. Though abortion is legal if the life of the mother is in danger, the laws are unclear. As a result, hospital staff at University Hospital in Galway refused to give Savita Halappanavar one.
Savita Halappanavar wasn't a slut. She wasn't looking to have a "good time" and suffered the consequences by getting pregnant. She was young, married, a dentist, and 17 weeks pregnant when she entered hospital complaining of back pain. As it turns out, she was miscarrying. As a result of the miscarriage, severe septicemia set in. Her husband, an engineer, requested termination of the pregnancy repeatedly, only to be told there was still a foetal heartbeat. At one point he was told in response to his request that "This is Catholic country."
Savita spent 2 and 1/2 days in utter agony before the pregnancy terminated and she died. Savita developed the shakes. She vomited continuously until she collapsed by the toilet in the hospital bathroom. It didn't matter that she was neither Irish, nor Catholic. The Irish Times reports that at least two investigations are under way.
An autopsy carried out by Dr Grace Callagy two days later found she died of septicaemia “documented ante-mortem” and E.coli ESBL.
A hospital spokesman confirmed the Health Service Executive had begun an investigation while the hospital had also instigated an internal investigation. He said the hospital extended its sympathy to the family and friends of Ms Halappanavar but could not discuss the details of any individual case.
Speaking from Belgaum in the Karnataka region of southwest India, Mr Halappanavar said an internal examination was performed when she first presented.
“The doctor told us the cervix was fully dilated, amniotic fluid was leaking and unfortunately the baby wouldn’t survive.” The doctor, he says, said it should be over in a few hours. There followed three days, he says, of the foetal heartbeat being checked several times a day.
“Savita was really in agony. She was very upset, but she accepted she was losing the baby. When the consultant came on the ward rounds on Monday morning Savita asked if they could not save the baby could they induce to end the pregnancy. The consultant said, ‘As long as there is a foetal heartbeat we can’t do anything’.
“Again on Tuesday morning, the ward rounds and the same discussion. The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country. Savita [a Hindu] said: ‘I am neither Irish nor Catholic’ but they said there was nothing they could do.
. Savita was cremated and laid to rest November 3rd. Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, in the below video, calls for legislation on medical termination because of this scandal, saying " a pregnancy termination is lawful and can be shown when there is a real substantial risk to the health of the mother. When will you bring forth legislation as promised?" The reply was that the minister of health had to "read the report and reflect on it."