You know how people who claim the death of Savita Halappanavar was just a sad accident also like to claim that Ireland has a very low maternal death rate? I always wonder, when I see that, if Ireland massages the numbers. Well guess what.
Savita recorded as only maternal death despite five further fatalities
THE death of Savita Halappanavar is the only maternal death recorded by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) last year – although at least five more fatalities were reported by maternity units.
Hmm. The dog ate their homework? The check is in the mail? They had a spot of amnesia?
It has already been reported by the Coombe Maternity Hospital in Dublin that two women died there last year, including a mother of twins.
There were three maternal deaths in Cork University Hospital last year, including two women who died in pregnancy and after giving birth. A new report last year indicated for the first time that some deaths are being missed and the rate of maternal death in Ireland is double the official figure.
And given what we know about why Savita Halappanavar died, it seems likely the figure is even higher than that.