Dr.Savita Halappanavar originally from Srinagar, Belgaum died in university hospital, Galaway, Ireland on October 28 as she was refused abortion.
She was 17-week pregnant and had some complications, but the doctors repeatedly rejected her pleas for an abortion, citing Ireland’s orthodox ban, leading to a worsening of her condition even when it was clear that the baby could not be saved. Savita died of septicemia.
Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, 34, claimed she had complained of agonising pain while in Galway University Hospital. After a scan, doctors said the foetus would have to be aborted and yet, they refused to carry out a medical termination because the foetus’s heartbeat was present. Despite several requests for termination, they were told, “This is a Catholic country.”
She completed her graduation in dentistry from KLE Dental College, Belgaum. Her marriage to Praveen, a resident of Haveri, happened four years ago. She had done her one-year mandatory practice in Ireland. Andaneppa Sangappa Yalagi and Akkamahadevi could not hold back their tears. They were with their daughter a week before her death but they could stay back as their visa was about to be expired.
Praveen is unhappy over the behavior of Indian embassy officials after the death of his wife on October 28. “It’s the typical Indian way of handling things. Monday (a day after the death) was a government holiday and they were not willing to go out of the way to help,” he said to TOI.
Source: Bangalore Mirror, BBC, Irish times, TOI