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29th Mar 2017

Heartbreaking: this mother died aged 30 just a day after giving birth to twins

Gillian Fitzpatrick

It’s a devastating story: a mum twice beat cancer but then died of heart failure a day after delivering her beautiful twins.

Camila and Nico were born two weeks ago to Jamie Snider, already of a mum of two other daughters.

Jamie, 30, who was from Fresno in California, even endured chemotherapy treatment during her pregnancy. She previously had an ovary removed and also been treated for cervical cancer, but the disease tragically returned while she was expecting her twins.

“They couldn’t give her too much chemo because it would affect the development of the babies,” her heartbroken brother, Chris, told KGO-TV in San Francisco.

“She made sure, she made sure those babies would live. She traded her life.”

Doctors had actually told Jamie shortly before Camilla and Nico arrived via c-section that she had beaten cancer for a second time. She opted to have a hysterectomy to remove any remnants of cancer but she died from heart failure following surgery.

At 33 weeks, her new babies had been born prematurely at the Stanford Medical Care Center in Palo Alto; they weighed just 3½ pounds each – but they are healthy.

“What gives me peace in my heart is she got to see those babies and hold them and be with them a little bit,” her friend Larina Campanile also told KGO-TV.

The twins have since been moved out of the hospital and are living with members of their parents’ extended family. When they are a little stronger, they will move to New Hampshire on the other side of the US – more than 5,000km away.

There they will be with their father, Heath Coigny, and older siblings, Aubrey and Maddie.

GoFundMe pages have been set up in order to help the family manage the cost of the memorial, funeral, and related expenses.