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String of errors in woman’s death in Ireland, review finds

Blood poisoning went unnoticed too long, it says

DUBLIN — A miscarrying woman who died in an Irish hospital should have had her blood poisoning detected much sooner and been offered an abortion to improve her odds of survival, a report concluded Thursday in a case that is forcing Ireland to modernize its abortion laws.

The 108-page report into the October death of Savita Halappanavar documented what the lead investigator described as “a cascade of mistakes” overshadowed by officials’ refusal to remove the fetus until its heart stopped beating.

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