Consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury is now being cross examined by Praveen Halappanavar’s Senior Counsel Eugene Gleeson.
He asked the consultant what percentage was the possibility that the foetus would reach viability on Monday evening 22nd October.
She answered that available medical knowledge would suggest that a patient whose membranes have ruptured under 20 weeks would have a 12 to 18 percent chance of foetus reaching viability.
He also referred to observation charts in the medical records.
Dr. Astbury said five four-hourly checks of vital signs were carried out on Monday 22nd October instead of six as per policy guidelines when membranes have ruptured.
Dr. Astbury was questioned on the legalities in other countries, she said on the patient request in some other countries, patients in gestation up to 20 weeks are offered either termination OR continuation of the pregnancy.
She said after Savita had requested a termination on the Tuesday morning of her hospitalisation when there was no substantial risk to her life, she told her that in this country, it is not legal to terminate a pregnancy on the grounds of poor prognosis for the foetus.
She was questioned on Praveen’s claim that she told Savita when requesting a termination ‘Unfortunately I cannot, this is a catholic country, we are bound by the law’.
She responded by saying she made NO such mention of religion but said she cannot terminate in Ireland because the foetus is still alive.
She stressed it was something she ‘certainly would not say’. When pressed, she said it would certainly be insensitive. Her questioning continues.
1,015 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,015* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 178 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Public health doctors around the country are reporting that outbreaks are being notified to them that originated in symptomatic people attending workplaces, or eating out, or visiting friends. Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19. Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Don’t drop your guard, because heading into work or meeting a friend while experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell/taste – that could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community.
“The uplifting scenes we saw over the Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of our young people received their COVID-19 vaccines at the HSE’s walk-in vaccination centres were extremely encouraging.
“Young people have had an exceptionally difficult time throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their willingness to come out to get vaccinated in droves is another example of the resilience they have shown throughout this challenging time. It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic.”
New site secured for full-time residential care centre for minors in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new site has been secured for a respite centre in east Galway, according to the Minister of State for Disability and Galway and East TD Anne Rabbitte.
The four bed unit will provide full-time residential care for young people, under 18 years old, who were previously being cared for in temporary respite accommodation.
Although the centre is due to open by September and will provide 225 bed nights by the end of the year the location has not yet been announced.
The Department of Health has also confirmed that an additional 1,236 respite nights will be provided across the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area – as well as enhanced supports for people with complex needs, increased in-home supports and extra respite and family support for children in urgent need.
Minister Rabbitte says it’s vital to get the most out of every service for patients and their families.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
Over 700 applicants on apprenticeship waiting lists in Roscommon/Galway area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 700 applicants are on the apprenticeship system waiting list in the Roscommon/Galway area.
Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane has accused the Government of hiding the full extent of the crisis in the system.
She says 67%, over 13,000 apprentices nationwide, are now on a waiting list to access off-site training.
This includes 735 on waiting lists from the Roscommon and Galway ETB area – with the majority of these specialising in electrical work and plumbing.
Deputy Kerrane says she has been contacted by numerous apprentices who are in despair over the situation.
She argues it’s having a serious impact on their education and finances.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.