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Children of woman who died from meningitis win £140k

Children of woman who died from meningitis win £140k

The children of a woman who died from meningitis a short time after being seen in an out-of-hours surgery have been awarded £140,000.

Catherine Learmont died hours after being sent home from the surgery, where she had been told she was suffering from a viral infection.

She was found dead by her 14-year-old daughter the following day.

In his judgement of the case, Lord Uist stated that the medical expert responsible for examining the 37-year-old mother, Dr Fiona Vernon, had been professionally negligent, describing the consultation that took place as "cursory and superficial".

During a hearing at Edinburgh's Court of Session, Scotland's supreme civil court, Ms Learmont's son and daughter, now aged 24 and 22 respectively, were awarded the compensation money.

About the case, Lord Uist stated: "I gained the clear impression from the evidence that Dr Vernon from the outset approached her dealings with Ms Learmont with a certain attitude, which was that there was nothing seriously wrong with her, other than possibly a viral infection," the BBC reports.