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Date Published: 09-Apr-2013

Dr Katherine Astbury has read her statement at the close of day two of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The consultant detailed her dealings with Ms. Halapannavar from a routine

anti-natal visit to her hospitalisation later in October last year.

The consultant took to the witness box just before 4 this afternoon and began by saying she met Savita for a routine anti-natal visit on October 11th.

She said she was a fit 31 year old in her first pregnancy with a history of back pain.

She noted she was not in the hospital on the date when Savita was admitted on 21st October after presenting for the second time that day – this timewith persistent back pain.

She confirmed her membrane had ruptured when a review was carried out on

the 22nd.

She detailed subsequent reviews where scans confirmed the existence of a

foetal heartbeat.

On one occasion she said Savita was very upset and enquired about the possibility of medication to cause her to miscarry. She advised her that the legal position in Ireland did not allow her to terminate the pregnancy at that stage.

After her condition deteriorated, the consultant received a call and upon review said Savita was sweating and had difficulty breathing.

She then sought a second opinion from a colleague Dr. Geraldine Gaffney at the anti-natal clinic.

Ms. Astbury outlined to her colleague the clinical situation and said Ms Halapannavar needed a termination regardless of the foetal heart.

Her colleague Dr. Geraldine Gaffney agreed and offered to write a medical note to that effect.

She collected the scanner from the clinic and then found that the foetal demise had already occurred.

A spontaneous delivery followed.

She continued to detail the chronology of events from when Savita was taken to the high dependency unit to her eventual death on October 28th.

She said Savita suffered a cardiac arrest and attempts to resuscitate her were not successful.

She concluded by extending her sympathies and condolences to the next of kin.

Earlier Miriam Dunleavy, a staff midwife at UHG gave evidence.

Upon questioning, she said entries were put into Ms Halappanavar’s medical

notes by the hospital’s internal investigation team.

The coroner raised questions as to the appropriateness of this.

Senior Counsel for the HSE Declan Buckley said this is to be checked.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people



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



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



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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