A DOCTOR who died hours after giving birth to a stillborn baby has inspired a charity that hopes to save the lives of thousands of Scots.
Tragic GP Fiona Agnew died of blood poisoning in August last year – the day after losing her baby daughter Isla.
Her husband, who was also struck down by the disease last summer, said hearing of his death was “the darkest period of my life.”
The family of 38-year-old Dr Agnew – determined that something positive should come out of the double tragedy – have launched a charity to raise awareness of blood poisoning.
The Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust (FEAT) will raise money to fund research into blood poisoning – or sepsis – which kills around 37,000 people in the UK every year – one every 15 minutes.
Dr Agnew worked at the Richmond Practice in Bo’ness near Falkirk and lived in Edinburgh with her her husband, tax consultant Craig Stobo, and two-year-old son Robert.
But the family was shattered last August just as it was preparing for the arrival of baby Isla the following month.
Speaking for the first time about Mrs Agnew’s death, Dr Agnew’s husband Craig Stobo revealed he suffered from the same illness which killed his wife – and she saved his life by spotting the symptoms.
Mr Stobo was in hospital for seven days after contracting sepsis, but Dr Agnew was admitted to a different hospital.
He said the illness struck in a matter of hours: ““I felt fine when I woke in the morning but only a few hours later I was at my desk feeling very cold and shivery, and by mid-afternoon, I had a severe headache, nausea and a temperature.
Dr Agnew, who qualified at Glasgow University, “had wanted to be a doctor since she was a wee girl,” added the charity.
Mr Stobo has taken a break from his high-profile job with PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers).
A 96-mile sponsored walk for the charity, dubbed the “Ridiculous West Highland Way Challenge” raised more than £300 for the charity earlier this year.