A young mother who died abruptly 10 days after giving birth to her 4th child has been defined as a ‘ray of sunshine’ by her family.
Auckland’s mother 25-year-old Tammy Nathan-Belk gave birth to the girl via an emergency cesarean on October 27.
It was her 4th child with companion Troy Ruka and all her other pregnancies had gone easily.
Ms. Nathan-Belk was advised to rest up at the house after the C-section delivery so her stitches could cure properly but tragically died 10 days later.
Her mother Tania Belk said that the sudden death of her youngest daughter had ravaged their family.
She called her daughter as her best friend and told that the family was still coming to terms with losing her.
Ms. Belk told that her daughter’s health had ‘worsened rapidly’ on the day of her death.
‘She was having cramps in her stomach, so saw her local GP and was provided painkillers. It all occurred so fast from there, she was at the house and was suddenly in agony.’
She died on her way to the hospital after her partner had called an ambulance.
The family was informed that her body had denied the internal stitches from the cesarean and she had grown acute appendicitis.
Ms. Belk said nobody was to blame for the death of her daughter but the family wanted answers.
A spokesperson from Counties Manukau Health said the death of any patient was treated with the ‘greatest respect’ and carefully reviewed by the District Health Board.
Ms. Belk told that the newborn baby was healthy and doing well but their father was struggling with 4 kids all under the age of 10.
A fundraising page has been established to help cover funeral expenses and support the 4 siblings.