Savita Halappanavar death report finds foetus, not mother, was main focus

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Galway hospital staff underemphasised miscarrying woman’s worsening health, HSE draft report finds


The Health Service Executive report on the death last year at Galway University Hospital of Savita Halappanavar has found there was an overemphasis by hospital staff on the welfare of Ms Halappanavar’s unviable foetus and an underemphasis on her deteriorating health.

The final draft report says: “The investigating team considers there was an apparent overemphasis on the need not to intervene until the foetal heart stopped, together with an underemphasis on the need to focus an appropriate attention on monitoring for and managing the risk of infection and sepsis in the mother.”

Praveen Halappanavar, the husband of Savita, is dissatisfied with the report, which was delivered to his solicitor, Gerard O’Donnell, on Friday.

He has instructed Mr O’Donnell and his medical adviser to meet the chairman of the investigating team, Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, later this week to submit their observations.

Written By: Kitty Holland
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17 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #3 by alexandra_1982:

      Probably the staff at the hospital are decent people, but their minds have been poisoned by the filth of inhuman and misogynistic Catholic dogma. Disgusting!

      Absolutely but on the purely rational level let alone the professional one, which they certainly violated and then some. they also broke the modern version of the ancient Hippocratic oath in spirit and body.

      I have always the greatest regard for Doctors and Nurses, and I have always felt they are incredibly dedicated folk but not when their delusional dogma kills patients, for they are an abomination on to medicine and an utter disgrace on to themselves and completely the antithesis to their profession, in the 21st century this is more then disgraceful it is pure malice masquerading as supernatural gobbly gook, they really should be so ashamed.

      • In reply to #5 by Jon Snow:

        In reply to #3 by alexandra1982:_Probably the staff at the hospital are decent people, but their minds have been poisoned by the filth of inhuman and misogynistic Catholic dogma. Disgusting!Absolutely but on the purely rational level let alone the professional one, which they certainly violated and then some. they also broke the modern version of the ancient Hippocratic oath in spirit and body.I have always the greatest regard for Doctors and Nurses, and I have always felt they are incredibly dedicated folk but not when their delusional dogma kills patients, for they are an abomination on to medicine and an utter disgrace on to themselves and completely the antithesis to their profession, in the 21st century this is more then disgraceful it is pure malice masquerading as supernatural gobbly gook, they really should be so ashamed.

        Me too, I cannot believe anyone who has qualified would do this. I was horrified when the story first broke.

        It is cold blooded murder – the feotus was never viable so even with their warped views of life removing it should never have been an issue.

        I hope the grieving husband sues them for every penny they’ve got and never lets it go till he gets justice.

        Does he not have any case for manslaughter?

    • In reply to #3 by alexandra_1982: That was not a defense for the death camp nazis, why offer it up for people who are essentially doing the same thing? Ref: The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority.

      Probably the staff at the hospital are decent people, but their minds have been poisoned by the filth of inhuman and misogynistic Catholic dogma. Disgusting!

      • In reply to #8 by whiteraven:

        In reply to #3 by alexandra_1982: That was not a defense for the death camp nazis, why offer it up for people who are essentially doing the same thing? Ref: The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority.

        I DID NOT mean to defend them. By decent I meant that in daily life they are probably pretty normal, nice to other people, not keen to hurt others… That is no excuse for what they did, it makes it all the more terrible. It shows once again how religious delusions distort people and make them do awful things. What was it that St. Weinberg said? To make good people do terrible things, you need religion?

        • Nothing can bring that man back his wife. But regarding the staff who were there, who could have, should have, and didn’t do the right thing, seeing them publicly disgraced (however far up the chain of command it needs to go) and – especially – fired, and have their qualifications rescinded, struck off, whatever it’s called over there, even if not jailed for their criminal negligence – would be a good start.

          And replaced by decent competent medical personnel recruited from wherever they can be found, I’d suggest there are a lot of good ones from India who could use a few years experience turning a provincial hospital around.

          Along with renaming the place. The Savita Halappanavar Memorial Hospital would be a good choice, to remind all who work there that they need to watch their priorities. And perhaps for a clean sweep, the entire present administration should be ousted. Without bonuses and the like, to go and retrain in medical ethics somewhere offshore (at their own expense) before they’re eligible to apply for a job in the health sector.

          OK, I’ve had my rant. I wonder how many voices have been raised among the staff who were not directly involved in the tragedy? Have we seen or heard anything from them? And as they say in parliament, “if not, why not?”

    • In reply to #3 by alexandra_1982:

      Probably the staff at the hospital are decent people, but their minds have been poisoned by the filth of inhuman and misogynistic Catholic dogma. Disgusting!

      At what point do thinking adults have responsibility for their own actions? The brainwashing excuse only goes so far. I was raised in a Catholic family, attended church weekly till I went to college, attending middle and high school youth group, was confirmed, etc… Once I got to college and learned more about science and the real world, it became glaringly evident that religion was a scam. All of those doctors and nurses had similar science schooling as I did (the doctors hopefully had far more classes on science than I did as an engineer) and therefore had every opportunity to evaluate their worldview logically. They chose not to. That choice is why they should be condemned and punished for their poor decisions with someone else’s life. Their faith IS who they are, they are inseparable. So it is wholly appropriate to hold them accountable for their actions.

  1. Agree and I’ll raise. Another outrageous premeditated murder to add to the roles of crimes against humanity committed by conspiracies directed, enabled and facilitated by the Catholic Church and its functionaries.

  2. It is appalling to see such actions performed in hospital in this day and age. I agree, this is murder. To be in such a position and be fully capable of saving a life but to ignore that duty for pathetic reasons as are given is disgusting. I can’t imagine the amount of suffering the husband and family must now endure because of this horrendous, pointless crime. Utterly despicable.

  3. Got to admit the report does seem to be pussyfooting around the relevant fact that the medical team were only interested in the obviously untenable foetus to the exclusion of any concern about a mother going into septic shock.
    Religious balderdash be damned….

    That is culpable homicide !

  4. I would also submit that there was more than likely a level of racial bigotry and if this was a high ranking Irish official of Catholic persuasion that the “apparent religious” doctrine would have fit the purpose to focus in on the supportive catholic adult. The whole thing stinks of old world catholic attitudes that lead to devastating decisions within the Hospital. Racist Religious Hypocrisy in action, and completely criminal.

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