Savita: Draft Report Details Litany of Failures - Independent.ie
SAVITA Halappanavar’s request for an abortion should have been considered days before her death, a draft report has found.
Ms Halappanavar (31) died of a massive infection seven days after being admitted to hospital.
However, an investigation set up by Health Minister James Reilly has uncovered a litany of failures
The Evening Herald today reports details of a draft report by the Health Service Executive into the death of the Indian woman at University Hospital Galway last October, days after her family claim she had asked for but was denied an abortion.
According to the draft report, the infection which led to her death was not diagnosed for three days.
The failures included:
* Tests showing possible blood infection on the day Savita was admitted were never followed up by staff.
* Doctors were often too busy caring for other patients to deal immediately with the mum-to-be, whose condition grew progressively worse as time went on.
* To prevent the spread of infection, staff should have considered performing an abortion - even before the couple requested it.
On the day she was admitted last October, Savita and her husband Praveen were informed that a miscarriage, the most likely cause of which was infection, was inevitable.