A pregnant bride, Jessica Guedes, has died minutes before getting to the altar to exchange marital vows in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Guedes, 30, a Nurse, was later delivered by emergency caesarean section, leaving behind her groom and a baby girl.
According to Metro UK, she was six months pregnant and appeared to be healthy when she started to feel sick in the limousine conveying her to church for the wedding last Sunday.
At first, her family members thought she was being anxious about the ceremony, after she complained of dizziness and pains in her neck, while just a couple of minutes to church.
Her entourage reportedly had to stop to offer help, unknowing to them that she was suffering from pre-eclampsia ( a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure), which eveutually took her life.
She was declared brain dead by doctors shortly after arriving at a hospital following a stroke.
Her fiancé, firefighter Lieutenant, Flavio Gonçalvez, 31, was already waiting at the altar, and was surprised by the delay.
But when she arrived at the service, a relative rushed into the venue and asked for help after she had fainted in the car.
In an interview with Brazilian Crescer Magazine, the groom said: “I was worried because I was waiting for her at the altar and she was taking ages to come in. A cousin of hers ran down the carpet and told me that she had passed out.
“I opened the car door and she was lying down but regained consciousness to talk to me. I said to her, ‘Baby, I’m here’.
“She replied that everything was fine, but that she had a severe pain in the back of her neck. At that moment, I became a rescuer, as I have been for seven years with the Fire Department.
“I took her out of the limo, started first aid and asked for help from my firefighter friends who were there as guests”, he said.
Jessica was rushed to a state maternity hospital in central São Paulo, however, she was transferred to the private Pro Matre Paulista Maternity Hospital, due to the complexity of the case.
According to the medical report, she had a stroke due to pre-eclampsia, as well as internal bleeding, which forced surgeons to remove the uterus.
The UK-based newspaper said the medical team performed an emergency caesarean section to save the 29-week-old baby’s life, but the young mother died shortly after the operation.
The daughter, Sophia, who was born weighing just 2.05lbds and measuring 34 centimeters, is still in the neonatal intensive care unit, where doctors said she might likely spend at least two months.
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Metro quoted a relative of the deceased as saying: “Jessica was attending prenatal care, had no high blood pressure during her pregnancy and was healthy, doing physical activity and eating well.’
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can occur in both pregnancy and shortly after birth, characterised by increased blood pressure associated with kidney and liver dysfunction and protein in the urine.
The disease occurs when the placenta enters the uterus, which causes a change to the blood vessels and inflammation that can create high blood pressure and other changes.
Her husband-to-be added: “Jessica was a really cheerful person who loved life, an enlightened and strong being of light.
“I was so looking forward to becoming her husband and becoming a father. I will be strong and I will not weaken in the face of adversity. The love of my life taught me how to respect and treat a woman well so that I could learn how to take care of our daughter.
“I still can’t believe this has happened. It seems like I’m in a sad movie, and you cry, cry, cry, but leave the movie theatre knowing it was just a movie.
“However, in my case, the movie will never be over, and the suffering will go on forever.”