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EXPERT WITNESS SAYS EARLIER TERMINATION COULD HAVE SAVED SAVITA BUT NOT PRACTICABLE BECAUSE OF LEGAL POSITION

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Date Published: 17-Apr-2013

An expert witness has told the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar that the real problem was the inability to terminate the pregnancy at an earlier stage.

Dr. Peter Boylan, a former Master at the National Maternity Hospital was giving his summary expert report before Coroner Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin.

After reading his expert report, Dr. Boylan opened his summary by telling the inquest that had Ms. Halappanavar had a termination on the Monday of Tuesday of her time in hospital, it is highly likely she would not have died.

However he notes it was NOT a practicable position at that time because of the law.

He noted that she suffered an overwhelming infection and died despite the best efforts of the medical team.

He said there were a number of deficiencies in her care such as a white cell count not noted and the test therefore not repeated, a conflict of witness evidence on the 23rd, and also referenced that all vital signs were not checked between 9pm on Tuesday October 23rd and 6.30am the following morning.

He also said that the notes taken on the morning of October 24th were of poor quality and retrospective and that there was a lack of statement from the nurse caring for Ms. Halappanavar on that morning.

The Coroner told the jury that the nurse in question is the only witness that hasn’t given a statement and won’t be giving one and has certification.

Dr.Boylan also summarised that there was a delay in appropriate treatment, however nevertheless, even if the appropriate treatment had been given earlier on the morning of October 24th, that the outcome would not have been any different.

He concluded by saying the real problem was the inability to terminate the pregnancy at an earlier stage prior to Ms. Halappanavar developing a real and substantial risk to her life and added that ‘effectively it was too late to save her life’.

After questioning of Dr. Boylan concludes, the inquest will hear from Dr. Frans Colesky who did the post mortem on the placenta, and Dr. Michael Tan Chien Sheng who did the post-mortem on the foetus.

Tomorrow the inquest will hear from Professor Grace Callegy who did the full post mortem on Ms. Halappanavar. It’s hoped a verdict will be reached by Friday.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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