Savita’s husband relocates to the US

The husband of Savita Halappanavar has said goodbye to Ireland.

Savita’s husband relocates to the US

Praveen Halappanavar, 32, who lost his wife and unborn child 18 months ago in controversial circumstances at University Hospital Galway, has been transferred to a new position with his employer in the US.

The engineer with medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific recently finished up at the US firm’s Galway plant and is now based in Los Gatos, California.

Last year, he confirmed he had received hate mail telling him to leave the country, but stressed that Irish people had mostly been kind and supportive.

The “hurtful and abusive letters” had told him to “leave the country”, “mind his own business”, and to “clean the mess” in his native India, he told RTÉ Radio.

Mr Halappanavar is suing the HSE and his wife’s consultant obstetrician, Katherine Astbury, arising from her death on October 28, 2012.

In papers lodged with the High Court last September, the personal injury summons alleges that Ms Halappanavar’s constitutional right to life was breached. It outlines more than 30 issues of alleged negligence which it claims led to her death.

Mr Halappanavar came to Ireland to take up a position in 2007. A year later he married Savita, a 31-year-old dentist, also from India, and the couple set up home in Galway.

She became pregnant in 2012 and was admitted to the hospital on October 21. She was 17 weeks’ pregnant, but found to be miscarrying. On requesting a termination, she was told it would not be possible as there was still a foetal heartbeat and therefore, not permissible under Irish law. She died a week later, after miscarrying, and contracting E coli, leading to septic shock.

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