The family of a 42-year old woman, 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 to rush to the family home in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.

An off-duty detective followed Michael Tymon, and later tried to  help him resuscitate his wife as their three daughters aged between five and 10 years old looked on.

Michael Tymon of Kilboderry, Summerhill,, Carrick on Shannon, along with his daughters  sued GP Martina Cogan who was practising at a surgery at Keadue Health Centre in Co Roscommon.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the settlement was without an admission of liability.

Senior Counsel for the Tymons, Pearse Sreenan 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.

The court heard that Mrs Tymon attended the GP on several occasions in June 2013 and complained of abnormal sensations in her chest and down both arms, which were causing her discomfort and pain.

She was prescribed an anti-hypertensive medication.

Mrs Tymon attended a review appointment on 27th June, with recurring pains, and was prescribed anti-inflammatories.

Later that evening, her children found her lying motionless on her bed.

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

Approving the €750,000 settlement yesterday, Mr Justice Cross offered his sympathy to Mr Tymon and his family.

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