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Mother dies days after losing unborn baby at 38 weeks

The 31-year-old had a heart condition

A young mother from the Sunshine coast has passed away just days after losing her unborn baby reports the Courier Mail.

31-year-old Gemma Louise Rane was 38 weeks pregnant when she stopped breathing during her sleep. Suffering from breathlessness was a side effect of a heart condition the 31 year old suffered, called atrial fibrillation.

Her partner, Christopher woke up while Gemma was struggling to breathe and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. She was then rushed to hospital for an emergency Cesarean.

Sadly, it was too late for the baby, a little boy who the couple had already named Deegan.

Gemma flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where she fought for her life.

Tragically, Gemma passed away two days later after her family and friends agreed to turn off her life support.

The local community are rallying around Christopher and the couples 19-month-old son, Chase as they face life without Gemma and baby Deegan gofundme page has been set up to help offer financial support during this difficult time.

Gemma’s friends have taken to Facebook to express their heartache and shock. One friend posted:

“The memories you have given us are so joyous and will never be forgotten, you will live on through your handsome boy, Chayse. Gemma Louise May, you and your beautiful lil Deegan [soar] high with your new wings.

“My heart is breaking and things will never be the same. My thoughts, prayers and strength are with your family and friends. We love you Gem and the hole left behind is never going to be filled!”

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