A pregnant bride had a stroke before reaching the altar, leaving her groom a single father to a daughter who was delivered by emergency C-section.
Nurse Jessica Guedes, 30, was six months pregnant and apparently healthy when she began to feel ill while in the limo on the way to the church last Sunday, according to The Sun. At first her family thought she was suffering from anxiety about the ceremony after she complained of feeling dizzy with pains in her neck.
The bride's entourage was delayed as they tried to support her, unaware that she was suffering from pre-eclampsia. Her fiancé, firefighter Lieutenant Flavio Gonçalvez, 31, was already waiting at the altar and was surprised by the delay. But when she arrived at the service in São Paulo a relative rushed into the venue and pleaded for help as the bride passed out in the car.
Jessica was rushed to a state maternity hospital in central São Paulo. However, due to the complexity of the case, she was transferred to the private Pro Matre Paulista Maternity Hospital. According to the medical report the mother had a stroke brought on by pre-eclampsia as well as internal bleeding, which meant surgeons were forced to remove the uterus. Given the severity of the case the medical team performed an emergency caesarean section to save the 29-week-old baby’s life, but the young mother passed away shortly after the operation.
Sophia, who was born weighing just 2.05 lbds and measuring 34 centimetres, is currently in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is likely to be in hospital for at least two months. According to a relative, Jessica was attending prenatal care, had no high blood pressure during her pregnancy and was healthy, doing physical activity and eating well.
The bereaved father said to FocusOn News: "Jessica was a really cheerful person who loved life, an enlightened and strong being of light. I was so looking forward to becoming her husband and becoming a father. I will be strong and I will not weaken in the face of adversity."
Following the unforeseen tragedy, the new father discovered that his health plan failed to cover private maternity care. But within a couple of days friends had set up an online crowdfunder, with colleagues from the military police helping to raise more than the £20,000 needed to cover the expenses. The family decided to respect with Jessica’s request to donate her organs and she was buried following the release of her body.