A mother who beat cervical cancer twice, including once while pregnant, died of heart failure one day after giving birth to twins.
Jamie Snider, of Fresno, California, gave birth to twins Camila and Nico on March 16.
During the pregnancy, Snider was going through chemotherapy to battle an advanced form of cervical cancer that had returned, according to KTVU in Oakland.
Snider, who has two older daughters, had previously battled the cancer, losing an ovary in the process. She learned the cancer had returned while she was pregnant and did what she could to fight it, according to her brother, Chris Snider.
“They couldn’t give her too much chemo because it would affect the development of the babies,” he told KGO-TV in San Francisco. “She made sure, she made sure those babies would live. She traded her life.”
Despite that, doctors told her she had beat cancer a second time, just in time to give birth via C-section.
The babies were born prematurely at 33 weeks and weighed only about 3½ pounds, but they were healthy, and Snider was a proud mother, according to “Inside Edition.”
To try to ensure she would have a long life with her family, Snider had a radical hysterectomy to remove any remaining cervical cancer.
Tragically, Snider died one day after giving birth and having the surgery, not of cancer but of heart failure.
“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 told KGO-TV.
The twins have since been moved out of the hospital and are with members of Snider’s family in the Fresno area until they can move to New Hampshire with their father and older sisters, according to The Fresno Bee.
A memorial service is scheduled for March 30. Three GoFundMe accounts have been set up to help with expenses, help for the family and the memorial service.