‘System failures’ led to miscarriage-related death

Savita Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to University Hospital Galway on 21 October last year and died a week later.

Consultant obstetrician Katherine Astbury has told an inquest she was unaware of blood test abnormalities and said that the patient's vitals should have been checked more regularly after her fetal membrane ruptured.

The senior medic was asked by Galway coroner Ciaran MacLoughlin if the two aspects of Halappanavar's care could be seen as system failures.

"Yes," she replied.

Halappanavar, 31, delivered a dead baby daughter on 24 October and died