A MUM died just days after giving birth to the child she thought she would never have.
Louise Smith, 34, had returned home healthy and looking forward to motherhood after giving birth to baby Ava Grace Louise Smith Sayers last week.
But just 48 hours later, after complaining of a migraine, Louise, formerly of Bright Street, Roker, collapsed.
She was rushed to Newcastle’s RVI where she was put on a life support machine for five days before medics made the difficult decision on Tuesday to turn it off.
Tests revealed she suffered an aneurysm.
Her cousin, glamour model Danni May, said: “This week I had to go and register Louise’s death and at the same time register Ava’s birth and that was hard.
“Louise’s death came as such a shock because no-one expected it.
“I remember saying to her when she came out of hospital after having Ava, how good and healthy she looked. It’s such a shock.
“Me and her mum spent four days on the hospital floor waiting for her to come round, but it didn’t happen.”
The former Monkwearmouth School pupil, a Sunderland University contemporary dance and English graduate, had been trying for a baby for years with her partner, Newcastle hardman John Henry Sayers.
The couple also care for John’s grandson John.
“It’s such a tragedy because she said to me she’d been waiting for this baby her whole life,” Danni, 30, said.
“I said to her ‘it’ll happen when it happens’ and it did. It’s just so heart-breaking.
“It’s such a tragic story having the baby then collapsing and dying like that. It’s not fair.
“She touched so many people’s hearts and had so many friends. She was like my sister and we went everywhere together.
“She also helped me launch my Page 3 career, so I’ve got her to thank for that.”
The family has decided to mourn the loss of Louise while celebrating Ava being born into the world with a funeral and christening at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, on Monday.
Danni said: “We’ve told John [junior] that Louise is the brightest star shining in the sky and when he misses her, all he has to do is look up and see her.”
Louise, who moved to Newcastle nine years ago, was also an organ donor. Her heart, pancreas, kidney and lungs have all helped to save lives.
Funeral details are on the Louise Smith support group page on Facebook.