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Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital – The Irish Times – Wed, Nov 14, 2012

“The doctor told us the cervix was fully dilated, amniotic fluid was leaking and unfortunately the baby wouldn’t survive.” The doctor, he says, said it should be over in a few hours. There followed three days, he says, of the foetal heartbeat being checked several times a day.

via Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital – The Irish Times – Wed, Nov 14, 2012. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2012/1114/1224326575203.html

KITTY HOLLAND and PAUL CULLEN, Health Correspondent

Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month.

Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one day in severe pain, Ms Halappanavar asked for a medical termination.

This was refused, he says, because the foetal heartbeat was still present and they were told, “this is a Catholic country”.

She spent a further 2½ days “in agony” until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

Intensive care

The dead foetus was removed and Savita was taken to the high dependency unit and then the intensive care unit, where she died of septicaemia on the 28th.

An autopsy carried out by Dr Grace Callagy two days later found she died of septicaemia “documented ante-mortem” and E.coli ESBL.

A hospital spokesman confirmed the Health Service Executive had begun an investigation while the hospital had also instigated an internal investigation. He said the hospital extended its sympathy to the family and friends of Ms Halappanavar but could not discuss the details of any individual case.

Speaking from Belgaum in the Karnataka region of southwest India, Mr Halappanavar said an internal examination was performed when she first presented.

“The doctor told us the cervix was fully dilated, amniotic fluid was leaking and unfortunately the baby wouldn’t survive.” The doctor, he says, said it should be over in a few hours. There followed three days, he says, of the foetal heartbeat being checked several times a day.

“Savita was really in agony. She was very upset, but she accepted she was losing the baby. When the consultant came on the ward rounds on Monday morning Savita asked if they could not save the baby could they induce to end the pregnancy. The consultant said, ‘As long as there is a foetal heartbeat we can’t do anything’.

“Again on Tuesday morning, the ward rounds and the same discussion. The consultant said it was the law, that this is a Catholic country. Savita [a Hindu] said: ‘I am neither Irish nor Catholic’ but they said there was nothing they could do.

“That evening she developed shakes and shivering and she was vomiting. She went to use the toilet and she collapsed. There were big alarms and a doctor took bloods and started her on antibiotics.

“The next morning I said she was so sick and asked again that they just end it, but they said they couldn’t.”

Critically ill

At lunchtime the foetal heart had stopped and Ms Halappanavar was brought to theatre to have the womb contents removed. “When she came out she was talking okay but she was very sick. That’s the last time I spoke to her.”

At 11 pm he got a call from the hospital. “They said they were shifting her to intensive care. Her heart and pulse were low, her temperature was high. She was sedated and critical but stable. She stayed stable on Friday but by 7pm on Saturday they said her heart, kidneys and liver weren’t functioning. She was critically ill. That night, we lost her.”

Mr Halappanavar took his wife’s body home on Thursday, November 1st, where she was cremated and laid to rest on November 3rd.

The hospital spokesman said that in general sudden hospital deaths were reported to the coroner. In the case of maternal deaths, a risk review of the case was carried out.

External experts were involved in this review and the family consulted on the terms of reference. They were also interviewed by the review team and given a copy of the report.

I want to smack this kid (I’ll explain why) or Is Walgreen’s Telling Kids to get us Sick?

Apparently this particular video isn’t available anywhere on the web for me to post here but here is what’s going on: there is this Walgreen’s commercial featuring a little girl stirring some frosting in the kitchen with her grandma. The little girl serenely takes the spatula and gives it to this big dog sitting by her feet to lick since he’s looking at her with huge, begging eyes. The dog licks it intently, then the spawn of Satan director has her slip the spatula back into the bowl just as her grandma turns around and coyly licks the same dirty spatula. The little girl watches, her elbows propped up on the counter, wide-eyed and innocent, not saying a thing as the narrator informs us of the benefits of having a flu vaccine from Walgreens, to the sound of happy fuzzy music.

Such a nice, peaceful image, such a warm atmosphere, such a cute shaggy dog, such happy music considering this little shit POSSIBLY JUST FUCKIN’ KILLED HER GRANDMA AND HER WHOLE FAMILY!!!

Dogs are known for eating feces – their own, other animals’ shit and they devour human shit like it’s a grilled steak; it goes without saying that their mouths are especially nasty things. Not only that but they carry a host of diseases, worms and critters. I’ll list some of them here, just a small portion of them, only an easy copy and paste job:  Rabies, distemper, Infectious hepatitis, herpesvirus, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Giardiasis, Babesiosis, trichinellosis plus a number of worms, fungi and streptococci. (see bottom of page for complete list*)

Now, not only are most of these diseases contagious, they spread to humans and some of them are deadly. Especially if you are slightly immunocompromised, like an older lady might be. So yeah, take this junk off the air, we don’t need any more bad ideas put into our kids’ heads. In fact I’m pretty sure some particularly brilliant specimens have already gotten this idea into their already vacuous skulls and put it into practice. So next time you wake up with an unexplained case of the friggin’ rabies, look at little Keersten, Britanee or Ashleeigh and ask her if she shoved your silverware into the dogs’ stinking, drooling, death-infested cesspool of a mouth. Then go sue Walgreens.

Suspension of disbelief aside, I just had a gut reaction to seeing this little girl’s mannerisms and processing what had just happened; realizing that I was watching a nauseating display of pure evil under the guise of childhood innocence. Maybe that’s why I was so negatively impacted by the commercial – the incongruence between what I was seeing and what was actually hiding behind it. I’d like to know who came up with this idea for a commercial and who supported it – are these people even in contact with the real world? Did they hear about germs or do they think the liberal media made them up?

Any kid doing this crap deserves a god damn smack over the head. I’m no supporter of corporal punishment myself, I grew up with a violent alcoholic dad, but this asshole kid deserves it, dammit and stop balking about it. America is so hypocritical – we prosecute 14 year old black kids as adults and we send people to the electric chair. But a white girl kills her grandma and it’s all cute and sweet? Please.

Then again today I had a random thought along the lines of “It’s almost like Walgreens wants to teach small kids bad values” and then I thought it would be funny if Walgreen’s execs were way more evil than I gave them credit for – more sick people, more business all around, right? Teach kids to spread these diseases and step 3, Profit? Watch out for their next commercial, featuring cute kids stealing used needles from happy, friendly homeless people and “playfully” sticking their little sister with it. I’m joking of course but  I won’t eat anything that’s been around a kid for a while now 🙂

*Full list of dog-borne diseases: Rabies, parvovirus, coronavirus, distemper, influenza, Infectious hepatitis, herpesvirus, Pseudorabies, minute virus, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Kennel cough, Blastomycosis, Histoplasmosis, Coccidioidomycosis, Cryptococcosis, Ringworm, Sporotrichosis, Aspergillosis, Pythiosis, Mucormycosis, Giardiasis, Leishmaniasis, Babesiosis, Neosporosis, Protothecosis, Hookworms, Tapeworm, Roundworms, Flea, Ticks, Heartworm, Mites, Ear mites, Cheyletiellosis, Chiggers, Mange, trichinellosis, Demodex, Sarcoptes scabiei, Hookworms, Tapeworm, Roundworm and Heartworm.

Stop cat euthanasia

Sometimes we get asked a simple question and then your answer turns into this avalanche of thought after thought after thought, jumping from an idea to another until you are talking about a completely different topic.

Take today for instance – a co-worker asked me how come I’m not mad at my cat when she destroys my furniture – I told her that ruined upholstery is just a natural part of taking a cat, or any pet for that matter, inside your home. You have a living piece of nature inside your house, a semi-wild animal, a feral born feline and expecting it to not follow its natural instincts is crazy and unreasonable. When you accepted an animal in your life you accepted all the consequences as well. You owe it to your pet to respect it and love it just like they love and accept you despite all your flaws.

But humans are not like that – they think they have the right to regulate what animals have the right to life and who to kill – just because they committed the crime of being born. They trap cats living in our cities and they kill them, as if those poor cats actually did anything to anybody. The way American cities are going, there won’t be any more cats living here in a hundred years. Remember when you were a kid and you found a cute kitten on your way from school and begged your mom to let you keep her? Well, if things keep going this way, that won’t happen anymore.

Just think of what cats do in our cities and towns – they eat our garbage, they kill our vermin and when approached by a human, they don’t attack or growl or bite like dogs do – they run away. They are simply not threatening to us, not even a nuisance. And yet, just because they are seen as pets, or domesticated animals, we see the cats living in back alleys and fields as an abomination, something to be corrected, even though that’s where most of us find our beloved pets to begin with, not from a kitten mill or your local Pet Smart. You wouldn’t think to kill the birds in the sky, would you? Or all the fish in a sea? Or all the parrots that flew away from their owners’ homes? Cats are also a part of nature, animals just like all others.

It breaks my heart to think of this, how these cats have no fault, they bother no one, they live on the fringes of our society, allow us an endless supply of loving pets when caught, yet they are being exterminated as if they were a danger to anyone. And don’t even get me started on the kids who torture them, that’s a whole ‘nother group of people I would like to kill with my own hands.

I have gotten most of my pets this way, found them on the street, either abandoned or as kittens of a feral mother and I found the most amazing companions this way – in fact the one cat that I absolutely adore was hiding under my car as a skin-and-bones kitten. I took her in and she is the light of my life, beautiful, smart, playful, an amazing personality, quirky, spoiled, she makes me laugh every day and I consider myself so lucky to have her in my life. The luckiest pet owner in the world actually. All this happiness from a tiny white kitten hiding from dogs under my car, in a back alley in this town. I just hope that children in the next generations get to experience this for themselves as well; if not, our world will be much poorer indeed.