A Rotten ‘Misadventure’

Savita Halappanavar’s widower condemns ‘barbaric and inhuman care’, and says ‘she was just left there to die’

I cant help but think that if she had been Irish, instead of a foreigner, the jury wouldn’t have labelled it a ‘Misadventure’ – a term that sounds clinically casual – it would have been called  ‘Malpractice’ or ‘Negligent Homicide’.

The nurse said a life-saving abortion wasn’t possible for her since ‘this is a catholic country’. The doctors obviously agreed. She wasn’t Catholic or even Irish.

So they let her die, while waiting to see if the baby was ‘acceptably’ dead first inside her.

As Indians we’re not in a great position to criticize medical care in other countries – our own hospitals have much lacking, and i’m sure there’s plenty that happens which isn’t even reported, But that’s not the point.

Its holding people to the same standard they espouse – and the application of which becomes easily loose with loopholes, when it shows themselves in a bad light.


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