Mom Beats Cancer While Pregnant, Dies a Day After Birth

Jamie Snider died of heart failure after surgery
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2017 3:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jamie Snider had gotten through so much: She lost an ovary while beating cancer, but was able to get pregnant with twins anyway. Then, while pregnant, the disease, a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer, came back—and she beat it again, while pregnant. But last week, a day after giving birth to the twins via C-section, she died of heart failure, ABC 7 reports. "Tomorrow will be a great day," she posted on Facebook before the C-section. "I'm having a C-section at 7 and then a [radical] hysterectomy right after. I'll be fine." That was her last post. The California 30-year-old's heart failed a day after she made it through the surgeries.

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"What gives me peace in my heart is she got to see those babies and hold them and be with them a little bit," one friend says. Camila and Nico, a girl and a boy, were born at 33 weeks gestation, per a GoFundMe campaign set up to help the family, so they're small, but family members say they're healthy. Snider also left behind two older daughters. Her partner and father to the twins, Heath Coigny, will relocate the babies to New Hampshire when they're strong enough to travel; they will be moving in with his sister and brother-in-law and their two sons. "Jamie was a ray of sunshine and the most beautiful free spirit," says another GoFundMe campaign. "She touched everyone's life that crossed her path. She will be extremely missed by so many." (A mom of triplets died just days after bringing them home from the hospital.)

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