Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mum Dies Seconds after Giving Birth to Son; MYSTERY AFTER SEEMINGLY FIT AND HEALTHY 28-YEAR-OLD COLLAPSES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mum Dies Seconds after Giving Birth to Son; MYSTERY AFTER SEEMINGLY FIT AND HEALTHY 28-YEAR-OLD COLLAPSES

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Byline: DAVE BLACK

SHE was blissfully happy, looking forward to the joys of motherhood and preparing to start family life.

Vivacious and bubbly Julie Welsh, 28, had planned her wedding to fiancee Pete Brown, 30, at a North East castle and shared her pregnancy scans with close family. But in the space of just a few seconds, elation turned to tragedy.

There was no apparent cause for concern in the hospital maternity ward as Julie gave birth to Isaac Jules Brown, watched by his proud father.

Isaac was placed in her arms and she kissed him and joked happily about his shock of dark hair. Then, inexplicably, Julie lapsed into unconsciousness and died, despite efforts to save her.

Now - with her son being cared for by Pete and his family - her heartbroken parents Les and Margaret, of Blyth, are waiting to discover what triggered her death in Royal Derby General Hospital last week.

They have been told by the coroner that their beloved daughter - who was known as the girl with a smile on her face - is the only person in 20 years to die in such a way.

Mr Welsh, 50, an attendant at County Hall in Morpeth, said: "When we look at our grandson we are so proud to have such a beautiful, beautiful little boy, and we can see so much of Julie and Pete in him.

"Whenever I kiss him I will do it twice - one from me and one from his mum. She is a star missing from our sky now and leaves such a void. Julie loved life and life loved her, and that's why we can't get past this."

Julie, who lived with her parents in Blyth and worked in quality control for BAE Systems in Scotswood, Newcastle, met Pete in Blackpool. They hit it off and began seeing each other before Julie transferred to a BAE Systems site in Leicestershire four years ago and she and Pete bought a house together in his home town of Long Eaton in Derbyshire.

They planned to get married at Langley Castle, Northumberland, next year and were delighted when Julie fell pregnant last year. Although she contracted swine flu and a kidney infection during her pregnancy, there was no cause for concern and she had arranged the baby's nursery and clothes down to the last detail. …

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