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Woman who was refused an abortion died as result of “medical misadventure,” inquest finds

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2617 (Published 23 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2617
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An Indian dentist who died from sepsis in an Irish hospital after being refused a termination under Ireland’s strict abortion law was a victim of “medical misadventure,” the inquest into her death has found.

An inquest jury in Galway delivered the unanimous verdict in the case of Savita Halappanavar, 31, who was 17 weeks pregnant when she died of sepsis at Galway University Hospital on 28 October last year, three and a half days after a miscarriage.

After the verdict the …

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