A 35-year-old New York woman mysteriously died while feeding her infant daughter.
Deanna Rose Gioia of Annadale, New York, was preparing to feed her 2-month-old daughter, Adrianna Rose, when she told her husband she didn’t feel well.
"He ran into the room, but she was already unresponsive," Gioia's friend, Michelle Paini, told Staten Island Live.
An ambulance took her to a local hospital, where she was soon pronounced dead.
"Just like that, she was gone," recalled Debbie DiSalvatore, Gioia's mother.
“She was in good health,” Paini said. “She didn't have complications giving birth. We don't know what caused this."
Gioia, who was a nurse, had been taking care of others all of her life, according to DiSalvatore.
"When my father was ill she kept him alive," DiSalvatore said. "She did anything and everything I needed. We made all the decisions regarding him together."
While working at Staten Island University Hospital North, Gioia found her true calling.
"Deanna said she didn't go right to college because she didn't know what she wanted to be in her life,'' Paini said. "She didn't realize she was a nurse all along. She always took care of everybody, including her grandfather."
After working as a patient liaison, she decided to attend St. Paul’s Nursing School.
"She saw staff there -- all the doctors, all the nurses -- what they did for people, and she wanted to do that," Paini said.
Gioia met her husband, Richard, while working part-time when they were teenagers. Nine years later, they reconnected "and they were together ever since," said DiSalvatore.
"He was her prince charming," DiSalvatore said. "He would do anything for her. A love like that you don't see between two people. Everyone who was at their wedding said that to me."
More than $65,000 has been raised on the family’s GoFundMe page, which was created by Paini to help Richard take care of their daughter.
"The world lost an amazing woman that made everyone she was around better," the page reads. "Like a great nurse, she always puts everyone else before herself."
The cause of death is unknown at this time, Staten Island Live reports.