Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Husband: Savita Halappanavar is giving me strength

The husband of an Indian dentist who died after she suffered a miscarriage in Ireland said his late wife is giving him the strength to fight for the truth.

Savita Halappanavar died in hospital on October 28 last year from suspected septicaemia.

The 31-year-old's husband Praveen described life without his wife as a tough journey.

He said: “It's not easy to sit there in the court to see all the proceedings. I believe I'm getting that strength from somewhere to look forward. I suppose I believe it is coming from Savita.”

Mr Halappanavar claims that doctors at University Hospital Galway refused to carry out an abortion because a foetal heartbeat was present.

The Coroner for Galway city, Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin, promised a transparent inquiry which would be open to public scrutiny.

He offered his condolences to Mr Halappanavar.

The full hearing will begin on April 8 at Galway courthouse.

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