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Savita's plea for abortion WAS in her notes; New death revelation.


TRAGIC Savita Halappanavar's plea for an abortion at Galway University Hospital was recorded in the medical notes, it emerged last night.

It is the first official confirmation of the request since the case became public three months ago and comes before the inquest into her death opens in Galway today.

The 31-year-old made her desperate plea just days after she was admitted to hospital on October 21.

But in notes released to her devastated husband Praveen before Christmas, there was no mention of her request.

The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who treated her before she died also noted it wasn't possible to comply with the request as her life was not believed to have been at risk at the time.

Savita was was 17 weeks pregnant and miscarrying when she attended the hospital on October 21 complaining of back pain.

She died a week later on October 28, reportedly from septicaemia.

Her husband Praveen, 34, always maintained she requested a termination on several occasions but was denied this.

Some hospital records released at an early stage recorded requests for tea, toast and an extra pillow - but not a termination.

Today's inquest will establish which parties are seeking legal representation, if all documents have been disclosed and if all the witness statements are ready.

The inquest will involve around 50 statements and is expected to last around a week in March.

Two separate investigations are underway by the HSE and the Health Information and Quality Authority.

Meanwhile, Enda Kenny is to meet Catholic Church leaders today to discuss Government plans to legislate for abortion.

The Taoiseach will be joined by the health, education and children's ministers.

The Church leaders will make their opposition to the planned regulation on abortion known. The meeting will take place at 2.30pm.

A spokesman said other faiths will be invited and the meetings are part of Church/State dialogue.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2013
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