A family has created a Go Fund Me page for a teen mom who suddenly turned ill after giving birth to twins, then died 48 hours later before getting the opportunity to meet her children.
At six months pregnant, Sophie Burgess, 19, of Telford, Shropshire, complained of stomach cramps so she and her boyfriend, Alex, went to a local hospital. She was then transferred to Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital where she later gave birth to her twins, Evie and Oliver, due to complications.
According to Irish Mirror, Sophie was conscious during the delivery and even had a vaginal birth for one of her twins, Oliver. A cesarean section was conducted to deliver baby Evie.
However, things went awry when the new teen mom suddenly turned ill.
The physician at New Cross Hospital stated that she had developed a severe illness called septicaemia after giving birth to her twins. Once she was placed in the intensive care unit, her condition took a turn for the worst.
Early Friday morning on March 13, the new teen mom lost her life, just 48 hours after giving birth to her twins who she never got a chance to meet.
Devastated over the news, Sophie’s brother, 23-year-old Craig, said that Sophie was a “wonderful sister who loved life and lived every minute to the full.”
“I honestly cannot begin to describe Sophie, she was full of life. She loved music and went all over the country seeing the bands she loved.
“It is so sad that my sister never got to hold her children but Alex has not left their side since. They are out of the incubators now and both seem to be doing well.
“They are amazing and Sophie would have been so proud of them. The main message is that I just don’t want my sister to be forgotten.
“She could not wait to become a mother and as a family we will make sure her babies never forget her. They are her legacy now.”
“Sophie was my only daughter and despite being devastated we are all supporting each other as a family,” said Sophie’s mom, 46-year-old Amanda Brugess.
“Sophie and her boyfriend, Alex, lived at home with me while she was pregnant and we will be helping him alongside his family to bring up the twins when they get out of hospital.
“He has been an exceptional dad to Oliver and Evie so far.
“Our family friend who was like a sister to Sophie, Ria Norris, decided to set up the fundraising page for our girl so we could help Alex and the twins in the future.
“Sophie contracted septicaemia after giving birth to her twins, the reason behind this is still unknown but the hospital have been conducting their own investigations.
“We are now planning Sophie’s funeral.”
“Sadly Sophie developed a severe illness following the birth of her twins from which she deteriorated very quickly,” said Jonathan Odum, a medical doctor at the New Cross Hospital.
“Despite the best efforts of the medical and nursing staff looking after her, she passed away on a critical care unit a few hours later.
“The staff in the maternity department and the critical care unit has been deeply affected by Sophie’s death and the trust would like to pass on its sympathy and condolences to her family and friends.
“An investigation into the cause of her death is currently being carried out.”
In memory of Sophie’s death, her friends and family decided to set up a fundraiser for her twins. Sophie’s page states the following.
“Sophie was so excited to become a mother. We hope to raise money in Sophie’s memory so that their dad Alex can use this towards items they may need or to put in a trust fund for the twins.”
[Image courtesy of Dave Herholz]