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.
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials from the Department of Education will meet Galway West Oireachtas members next week to discuss the long running call for a new school building for Scoil Chaitríona in Renmore.
The city school’s campaign was brought before the Seanad this week where Galway Senator Seán Kyne said the 50 year old building is no longer fit for purpose.
The co-educational school is divided into a junior primary and senior primary catering for almost 800 students and 70 staff.
It was built in the 1970s with the single storey structure now experiencing heat retention issues as well as capacity issues.
Senator Kyne told the Seanad progress on a new build has been ‘stubbornly slow’ with concerns around the site possibly being too small.
The Fine Gael Senator said Galway City Council is open to discussing the use of available green space adjacent to the school which could provide a solution.
Education Minister Norma Foley said all options are being explored with the size of the school site creating a concern.
She said the project is a priority and a meeting has been scheduled with department officials and Galway Oireachtas members next week in a bid to progress the issue.
NUIG secures international funding to explore how young people experience the climate crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has secured €1.4 million in funding to explore how young people experience the current climate crisis.
A research team from the school of Geography is part of a consortium that have won a competitive international research funding award under the JPI Climate SOLSTICE initiative.
Starting this month the project will involve research teams from the UK, Ireland, Finland and Italy.
The researchers will work with young people, teachers, educational institutions and youth groups to understand how youth experience and make sense of climate complexity.
The study aims to create a framework that enables young people to express how their background and life experiences have played a role in shaping their worldview.
Co-lead researcher from NUIG Dr Gary Goggins says it’s vital that the voices of young people are heard as part of ongoing efforts to tackle climate change.
Ireland now has lowest 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the European Union
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ireland now has the lowest 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the European Union, according to the Chief Medical Officer.
It’s now estimated to be just under 85, which Dr. Tony Holohan says we need to ‘hold firm’ at.
5 more deaths and 270 new cases have been reported.
Dublin accounts for 58 of those new infections, with 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo and 24 in Limerick.
The remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 different counties – 5 are in Galway, which means the recent spike in cases has ended.