Microbiologist at Savita inquest: 'Patients have different outcomes…We don't always know why'

A microbiologist has said it would be of concern to her that a blood sample from Savita Halappanavar took more than three hours to reach the laboratory for testing.

Microbiologist at Savita inquest: 'Patients have different outcomes…We don't always know why'

A microbiologist has said it would be of concern to her that a blood sample from Savita Halappanavar took more than three hours to reach the laboratory for testing.

However, consultant Deirbhile Keady today told the 31-year-old's inquest that the right antibiotics were administered even before the results showing the presence of infection became known.

Another day of medical evidence has now ended at Savita Halappanavar's inquest into her death from septicaemia last October following a miscarriage at Galway University Hospital.

This afternoon, the inquiry heard a blood sample taken at 7am on the day she lost her baby did not reach the laboratory until after 10am that morning.

Consultant microbiologist Deirbhile Keady agreed with the coroner that the delay would be of concern.

However, she said that when the sample result came back positive for infection that evening, Savita Halappanavar was already on the correct antibiotics.

Asked by Praveen Halappanavar's lawyers why Savita succumbed to the infection, she replied: "Patients have different outcomes…We don't always know why."

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