Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran [who chaired the review team] believes legislative factors affected medical considerations in the case….and said this resulted in a failure to offer all options to the patient.
Prof Arulkumaran said that if it was his case, he would have terminated the pregnancy.
He said it is possible she [Savita] would still be alive today had her treatment been different.
At the launch of ‘The Final Report of the HSE investigation of Incident 50278 from the time of the patient’s self referral to hospital on 21st of October 2012 to the patients death on the 28th October 2012’
Praveen Halappanavar’s solicitor has said there is a strong likelihood that his client will take legal action in an effort to ascertain exactly why his wife died.
Gerard O’Donnell said the HSE clinical review went some way towards answering that question but that a number of issues were still outstanding.
He said there is still no clarity on why there was no medical intervention on the Monday or Tuesday that Savita Halappanavar was in Galway University Hospital.
(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)