A Scottish woman who unexpectedly passed away 14 weeks before her due date will be buried with her unborn baby under her arm, her family said.
Victoria-Anne Ramage, 22, was at her grandmother's house in Dalmellington, Scotland, on March 8 when she suddenly fell ill and collapsed before breakfast. She was rushed to Ayr Hospital, where doctors performed emergency surgery in an effort to save her and her unborn child, the Daily Record reported.
The woman's heart reportedly stopped several times in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
"She never had any health problems, there was no hint anything was wrong and she seemed to be blooming with the pregnancy," John McRobert, Ramage's boyfriend, said, according to the Daily Record.
“The staff there did their best. They said they had to do the [cesarean section] to give the two of them the best chance of survival."
Scan of Ramage's unborn baby
However, doctors ultimately failed to save either Ramage or the couple's unborn baby.
“I want to believe that once she saw our baby had died she knew the only way she could ever be with him was to let go and protect him," McRobert, who was planning to propose to Ramage on her 23rd birthday in April, said. "That’s the way I’m going to remember it."
The man added that he named the baby boy Abel in accordance with his girlfriend's wishes.
Ramage's family said she will be buried with her unborn child tucked under her arm.
"He was Victoria's first baby and we had him baptized," Greer Brunt, Ramage's mother, said.
"We tucked him into the crook of her arm just like they were both sleeping and we decided that they will be buried together that way."
A police spokesman said no foul play was suspected in the woman's passing, although an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
About nine women between the ages of 15 and 49 died from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth per 100,000 live births in the U.K. in 2015, according to data published by the World Bank.