Savita Inquest: Jury Returns Verdict of Medical Misadventure
THE JURY AT the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has returned a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure.
After two hours and 45 minutes of deliberation, it also accepted the coroner’s nine recommendations, with the foreman stating it “strongly endorses” each and every one after much consideration.
The cause of death of the 31-year-old dentist was septic shock, E.coli in the bloodstream and a miscarriage at 17 weeks.
In his verdict, Dr McLoughlin expressed his sympathies to Praveen Halappanavar, telling him: “You will always be watched over by the shadow of your beloved Savita.”
Earlier, Dr McLoughlin charged the 11-person jury, giving them two options - to return a verdict of medical misadventure or to return a narrative verdict.
He noted that a medical misadventure verdict does not infer criminal or liability. It is also not cause of death. Immediately after the verdict was read, the coroner and the legal team for Galway University Hospital clarified that the medical misadventure is not cause of death nor a contributory cause of death.
“The verdict of misadventure does not mean that system failure or deficiencies contributed to her death,” explained Dr McLoughlin. They are findings in relation to the management of her treatment.