Report 'vindicates' Praveen view

Solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said Praveen Halappanavar was too upset to talk after discovering details of the HSE report into his wife's death were leaked.

Solicitor Gerard O'Donnell said Praveen Halappanavar was too upset to talk after discovering details of the HSE report into his wife's death were leaked.

Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 00:00

Praveen Halappanavar’s account of the treatment of his wife, Savita, in Galway University Hospital last year has been vindicated by leaks of the draft report into her death, his solicitor said yesterday.

Solicitor Gerard O’Donnell said Mr Halappanavar was too upset to talk after discovering that details of the HSE report into his wife’s death were leaked. Yesterday’s Evening Herald carried extracts of an early draft of the report.

“If what was published today were extracts from the report then all they do is, in some ways, vindicate what my client said from the outset as to the way his wife was treated at University Hospital Galway,” Mr O’Donnell said.

Ms Halappanavar died at the hospital on October 28th last year, a week after she presented with back pain and was found to be miscarrying.

The draft report deals with a number of issues relating to her death, including whether her request for a termination should have been considered and whether guidelines on terminations in general are adequate. It examines the lines of responsibility of the staff providing her care as well as the follow-up that occurred where tests were carried out.

Minister for Health James Reilly told the Dáil today he has conveyed his personal concerns to Mr Halappanavar for the leaking of the draft report via a letter to his solicitor, while Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin described the leak as “disturbing”. He said Mr Halappanavar would be the first person to receive the final report into his wife's death, once it was completed.

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