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Savita Halappanavar's husband leaves Ireland

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 6:52pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI
The heartbroken husband of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who was denied a potentially life-saving abortion when she was found to be miscarrying has left Ireland for the US.

The heartbroken husband of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar who was denied a potentially life-saving abortion when she was found to be miscarrying has left Ireland for the US.

Praveen Halappanavar, who lost his wife and unborn child at Galway University Hospital 18 months ago, has been transferred to a new position with his employer.

According to the 'Irish Independent', the 32-year-old engineer, who works for medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific, recently finished up his final duties at its Galway plant and will now be based in Los Gatos, California.

The engineer is suing Ireland's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and his wife's consultant obstetrician, Dr Katherine Astbury, over matters arising from her death on October 28, 2012.
In papers lodged with the High Court last September, the personal injury summons allege that Savita's constitutional right to life was breached.

It outlines more than 30 issues of alleged negligence, which it is claimed led to her death.

Praveen came to Ireland in 2007 and a year later he married Savita, a 31-year-old dentist, also from India.

Savita was admitted to Galway University Hospital on October 21. She was found to be miscarrying but was not offered a termination due to Ireland's stringent anti-abortion laws.
She died a week later, after miscarrying and contracting E. coli, leading to septic shock.

The inquest into her death returned a verdict of medical misadventure.

Her death had triggered a massive debate in the country over the issue of life-saving abortions and resulted in a new law that allows abortions under extreme circumstances.
Irish Parliament voted to legalise abortion in cases of medical emergencies as well as the risk of suicide in July 2013.

Meanwhile, the High Court in London ruled today that women from Northern Ireland are not legally entitled to free abortions on the National Health Service (NHS) in England.

The case was brought by a 15-year-old girl and her mother who live in Northern Ireland.

Unlike the rest of the UK, abortion is only allowed in very restricted circumstances in Northern Ireland.

More than 1,000 women each year are forced to travel from the region to have an abortion in other parts of the UK.


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