Sat, 24 Nov 2012 03:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Ireland minister meets Savita's husband amid missing medical notes

Savita's husband alleges that his wife's repeated request for abortion is missing from her medical notes

Ireland minister meets Savita's husband amid missing medical notes (© Reuters)

Dublin: Ireland's Health Minister James Reilly had a private meeting with the husband of Savita Halappanavar, the Indian dentist who died in a Galway hospital last month after she was denied abortion, even as Praveen has alleged that his wife's repeated requests for a termination of pregnancy are missing from her medical notes.

Meanwhile, Ireland's health watchdog has launched a parallel probe into the circumstances surrounding the care and treatment provided to Savita, who died Oct 28.

According to media reports, Reilly had a private meeting in Galway with Praveen Halappanavar and his solicitor Gerard O'Donnell. The minister expressed his condolences to Praveen on the death of his wife and said he would reflect on the concerns of the family, according to RTE News Ireland.

Savita, 31, died at the University Hospital Galway on Oct 28, a week after she presented with severe back pain. She was 17 weeks pregnant and was found to be miscarrying. Praveen says she asked repeatedly that the pregnancy be terminated. This was refused in pro-life Catholic Ireland, he says, as a foetal heartbeat was present.

Meanwhile, Praveen has expressed shock over the missing medical notes and told the Irish Independent how the absence of this information had destroyed any faith he had in the Health Service Executive (HSE), which is probing the reasons behind his wife's death.

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