A young father has told of the heartbreak of losing his 23-year-old partner just six weeks after she gave birth to their baby girl.
Tom Mooney found Amelia Smith, a 23-year-old beautician, dead in bed at their home in Kirkby, Merseyside, on November 14.
The cause of her death, the day before her 24th birthday, is not yet known and Tom is waiting for information from the coroner, he told the Liverpool Echo.
The night before her death, Amelia, who had two-year-old son Lucas as well as new baby Poppy, had gone out for a meal with Tom and seemed to be perfectly well.
He said she appeared “as normal as can be”.
Tom said: “She fed the baby at 4am, then went back to sleep.
“I woke up at 6.30am with the two kids, brought them downstairs and at 8.45am I went back upstairs, and she was just lying there.
“So whatever has happened in those few hours I don’t know. But we are still waiting to hear back from the coroner.”
Tom, originally from Speke, added: “We went out on Saturday (November 13) for food, watched a film, went to bed at 11.30pm, everything was normal, and then obviously this has happened.
“She went in her sleep, so it was peaceful.
“She had her hair done the day before, her eyelashes, her brows and her nails, so she must have known people were coming to see her.”
Tom said Amelia’s death has left everyone heartbroken.
Three months before Poppy’s birth on October 1, she was admitted to hospital with low potassium levels. She was put on a drip and given tablets .
“She passed away the day before her birthday, she loved Bonfire Night, so we set off fireworks that night for her,” said Tom.
“I’ve been kicking myself thinking that I should have gone up earlier, I just thought she was having a lie-in because she had the baby at 4am.”
A Gofundme page set up to help Amelia’s grieving family had last night (Saturday, November 20) raised £10,630 of its £12,000 target.
Friend and fellow beautician Lucy Grayson-Maguire, who set up the donation page, described Amelia as a “gentle, kind, beautiful soul who could light up a room with her amazing smile and presence”.
She wrote on the Gofundme page: “Amelia was an amazing mummy to her babies Lucas and Poppy and any donations big or small will be given to her family to support them at this extremely difficult time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”
To donate to the Gofundme page you can visit the link here.
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