Monday 25 March 2019

Family of woman (42) who died of heart attack hours after visiting GP with cardiac-like symptoms settle case for €750k

Sheila Tymon, back left, with her husband Michael, and daughters, Rachel, 10, Rebecca, 8, and Katelyn, 5, at Rebecca's First Communion in May 2013, one month before Sheila died.
Sheila Tymon, back left, with her husband Michael, and daughters, Rachel, 10, Rebecca, 8, and Katelyn, 5, at Rebecca's First Communion in May 2013, one month before Sheila died.

Tim Healy

The family of a 42-year old mother of three who died of a heart attack just hours after visiting her GP complaining of cardiac like symptoms have settled their High Court action for €750,000.

The three young daughters of Sheila Tymon found her collapsed on her bed at home and they had to ring their father Michael who drove with his car lights flashing to get  to the family home at Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.

An off duty detective  followed Mr Tymon, who was driving at 70km in a 50km zone, and later tried to  help him  resuscitate his wife as her three daughters, aged between five and ten, looked on.

Mr Tymon, Kilboderry, Summerhill,, Carrick on Shannon. Co Leitrim along with his daughters  Rachel, Rebecca and Katelyn, sued GP Martina Cogan who was was in 2013 practising at a surgery  at Keadue Health Centre, Keadue, Boyle, Co Roscommon.

The settlement was without an admission of liability.

Pearse Sreenan SC, for the Tymons,  said   it was their case that Mrs Tymon should have been sent on for further investigation and treatment which in all probability would have saved her and she  would have gone on to live a full life.

Michael Tymon, from Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, husband of the late Sheila Tymon pictured outside the Four Courts after a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts
Michael Tymon, from Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, husband of the late Sheila Tymon pictured outside the Four Courts after a High Court action.Pic: Collins Courts

Mrs Tymon, it was claimed, had in June 2013,  complained of having abnormal sensations in her chest and down both arms which were very unpleasant and causing her discomfort and pain.

It was claimed  she went to Dr Cogan on June 10 who found that Mrs Tymon's blood pressure was high and a working diagnosis of possible shingles was made.

On June 12, it is claimed, she attended the doctor’s  surgery and a 24 ambulatory blood pressure monitor was applied. An anti hypertensive medication was prescribed and the plan was for Mrs Tymon to have a further review in three weeks.

Mrs Tymon, it was claimed, took her medication but continued to get pain on exertion and at rest.

On June 25, she  phoned the doctor's surgery and asked if she would bring the review appointment forward and was told there was no appointment available until June 27.

On that day, she attended the doctor's surgery  and it was recorded she had recurring jabs in the front of the chest, shoulders , the top of her back and down her arms.

The working diagnosis was of a muscular/skeletal problem and she was prescribed anti inflammatories.

Mrs Tymon, it was claimed, felt reassured but later that evening she complained of pain in her neck radiating into her head. At 19.45 pm, her children found her lying motionless on her bed.

A post mortem on June 29, 2013, found Mrs Tymon had extensive cardiovascular disease  and her heart was enlarged. The cause of death given as  acute cardiac failure.

It was alleged there was a failure to care for her properly or at all and an alleged failure to treat her adequately or at all.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.

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