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Tragic Savita Halappanavar's father wants apology from government

By Caroline Crawford

Published 11/03/2016

Died: Savita Halappanavar
Died: Savita Halappanavar

The father of Savita Halappanavar has called for an official apology from the Irish Government over her death.

Andanappa Yalagi said there had been "no justice" for his family since his daughter (31) died seven days after being admitted to Galway University Hospital while miscarrying.

Papers lodged for a civil suit had claimed that Ms Halappanavar's constitutional right to life was breached and included over 30 incidents of alleged negligence.

Her widower, Praveen, said the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) "placed far too great an emphasis on the existence of the foetal heartbeat" while his wife was under its care, ignoring her own rights.

And Mr Yalagi said the settling of a court case against the HSE had "changed nothing" for his family.

"We want an apology," he added. "It is the fault of the Irish government. I lost my daughter and it is their fault."

Sources said that while the HSE agreed to a "significant" settlement and admitted that the woman's death was wrongful, an apology did not form part of the agreement.

Yesterday at Dublin's High Court, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was informed that the case had been settled.

However, Mr Yalagi said afterwards that he was disappointed an official apology had not been made.

"It should have gone to court," he added. I lost my daughter without any apology or any justice. The Irish Government should make an official apology. I lost my daughter, I want justice for that. We have been kept in the dark about what is going on in Ireland.

"We still have no answers. This changes nothing for us."

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