So many of us know someone whose life has been touched by sepsis. Everyone who comes into contact with Sepsis Research certainly does. We all have a personal story to tell – and that’s what we’re all about when you cut through the statistics and medical terminology. We’re about people. Saving more of them.

Here is our story.


Dr Fiona Elizabeth Agnew was a Falkirk based GP, who lived in Edinburgh with her family and had wanted to be a doctor since she was a wee girl.

Fiona and her husband Craig Stobo, had their first child together in 2010 and were expecting their second child in late September 2012. Fiona was taken to hospital on the evening of Friday 24th August 2012, after suddenly falling ill. She had been perfectly well until then and had had an antenatal scan the previous day when both she and the baby were well. She was diagnosed as having an infection and subsequently sepsis, which had also attacked her unborn baby.

Baby Isla was stillborn at 5.10 am on Saturday 25th August, by which time Fiona was in an unstable and critical condition. For the remainder of the day and into the night the medical staff worked tirelessly to save her life. Sadly they were unsuccessful and Fiona died at 1.50am on Sunday 26th August 2012 from multiple organ failure caused by sepsis. The condition caused a dramatic deterioration in Fiona’s health in just a few hours and without warning; by the time she reached hospital it was effectively too late.

Sepsis Research (originally called FEAT – The Fiona Elizabeth Agnew Trust) was founded by her husband Craig in 2013, with the support of six of the couple’s friends, in the memory of the late Dr Fiona Agnew and her daughter Isla.