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European Tribune - Would an abortion have saved Savita Halappanavar?
She developed septicemia and subsequently died of an e.coli infection.

IANAD, but:

  1. It seems (by this account) she picked up an e.coli infection because of inadequate asepsis.

  2. Septicemia would then have set in in a second phase.

This suggests inadequate monitoring from the start. Any sign of infection should have been observed and treated appropriately, independently of the abortion question.

It sounds to me as if it was a case of "women have to suffer", and she was left to get on with it. A prompt abortion might indeed have saved her, but in a hospital with backward notions of women and suffering, inadequate asepsis and monitoring, it might not.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 09:00:06 AM EST
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But "this account" assumes the infection was iatrogenic and did not originate with the foetus. If the latter, abortion was a medical necessity.

That she was left to get on with it, and was not adequately monitored, seem imo to be true in either case.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 09:07:29 AM EST
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The main thing I as a non-medic can glean from online material on sepsis is "needs monitoring from the start and can be hard to detect."

I think the original diary said they did various tests at some point. May have been too late.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 09:45:02 AM EST
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A patient doesn't go straight to a state of sepsis/septicemia. If there was a primary infection with e.coli, there'd have been a rise in temperature which should have been observed and acted on.

Once septicemia has taken hold and the whole organism is involved, stopping it can be extremely hard or impossible, as I know from two deaths close to me.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2012 at 10:15:46 AM EST
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