A mother who overcame cervical cancer has tragically died from heart failure one day after giving birth to twins.
Jamie Snider, from Fresno, California, died on March 17 after giving birth to twins via C-section and having a radial hysterectomy. The 30-year-old mother of four had already beaten cervical cancer, to which she lost an ovary, Daily Mail reports.
After Snider had beaten the cancer, she was overjoyed to discover that she was pregnant with twins. However, she later found out that her cancer had come back during the pregnancy, forcing her to undergo intensive treatment that included chemotherapy. The cancer reportedly went back into remission before the twins' birth.
Before the twins were born, Snider posed for a photo, bald from chemotherapy and smiling. "Tomorrow will be a great day," said the mom in her last Facebook post. "God has been by my side the whole time."
"All your prayers and love have kept me going as well," said Snider in the post. "Wish me luck. I'm having a C-section at 7 and then a radial hysterectomy right after. I'll be fine. Thank you, God, for keeping me positive through all the hard times."
Snider's C-section and hysterectomy were successful, but her heart tragically failed the next day, leading to her death.
Snider and her partner, Heath Coigny, were already parents to two young girls before having the twins. The newborn twins, who were born premature at 33 weeks but are reportedly healthy, will live with their father and his family once it's safe for them to leave the hospital.
"What gives me peace in my heart is she got to see those babies and hold them and be with them a little bit," Snider's friend Larina Campanile told WLS.
"If you have known the Coigny/Smith family for any length of time, you know that they are strong, compassionate, kind-hearted human beings who would graciously give whatever they could for the chance to help another human being overcome any hardships," said Vanillape Crude, who started a GoFundMe for the newborns' care. "The family has been through so much already and the journey ahead will bring further challenges."
Friend Sarah Lowe said that after Snider's memorial, Snider's young daughters looked up and saw a cloud that they thought reminded them of their mother. They said the cloud had a pronounced nose, and a large smile.
"Maybe she's in the clouds," said Lowe. "They happened to look up."