The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has now concluded.
Proceedings have adjourned until tomorrow morning when it’s hoped a verdict will be reached.
Professor Grace Callegy was first to give her witness statement this morning and told the inquest that she carried out the autopsy on Ms. Halappanavar on 30th October.
She concluded that the cause of death was septic shock, e-coli infection and miscarriage at 17 weeks gestation associated with chorioamnionitis.
The inquest also heard that it was likely Savita had an ascending genital tract infection and hadn’t contracted it from another focus.
Retired consultant pathologist from the National Maternity Hospital in Hollis Street, Dr. Peter Keleghan was next to give his expert report.
He told the inquest that this case had classical appearances of septic abortion in the second trimester.
He said it was rarely seen by pathologists and that he had seen less than five cases in 40 years and none of these patients died, however in nearly all of the cases, the foetus did die.
The Coroner has now concluded the inquest after 7 days and will now prepare his summary.
It’s hoped a verdict will be reached by tomorrow.
LISTEN: Mám Éan pilgrimage to return this weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Mám Éan pilgrammage is set to take place in Connemara this weekend.
The popular pilgramage to Mám Éan pass, nestled in the Maumturk mountains, has previously been cancelled due to Covid-19.
However, it’s set to resume this Sunday with some restrictions in place.
Gatherers will remain at the chapel and will not move from station to station as is usually tradition.
Former Councillor Sean O’ Tuairisg says it’s great to have the event back this weekend.
Protest to take place in Mervue this afternoon over planned housing development
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Mervue this afternoon over a planned “build to rent” housing development in the area.
The Crown Square Development will consist of 345 units comprised of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed units.
However, People Before Profit Galway says it’s unacceptable that the homes will go straight to an investment fund when completed.
They argue that vulture and cuckoo funds should be banned in Ireland – but instead they are being accomodated by Government policy.
The local party branch has organised a protest to take place at the Crown Square site this afternoon at 2pm.