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Sepsis awards celebrate life of GP hero

A charity set up to combat the disease which killed a heroic GP has announced its first ever awards.

Scottish GP Dr Fiona Agnew died of sepsis just days after saving her husband, Craig Stobo, from the same disease in 2012.

Sepsis kills over 37,000 people in the UK every year, more than lung cancer and more than breast cancer, bowel and prostate cancer combined.

Stobo set up the Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust (FEAT) to research the relatively common and often fatal illness.

FEAT has awarded £5,000 to West Scotland University lecturer Meghan Bateson who is working to validate a method for identification of patients with sepsis from routinely collected data.

Researcher Dr Carrie Duckworth from the Gastroenterology Research unit in Liverpool won the same amount to look into intestinal permeability and how this can be affected by sepsis.

A £500 travel bursary has been awarded to Aberdeen medical student Calum McPherson to undertake research in maternal healthcare, including the treatment of sepsis, in Ethiopia. 

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