A mum died in agony just ten days after having her fourth child.
Tammy Nathan-Belk from South Aukland, New Zealand gave birth to Koraleigh on October 27.
As with the first three children she and partner Troy Ruka had parented, the pregnancy had gone moothly.
The 25-year-old was told to rest for a few days because of the stitches she'd had following the birth.
Tammy followed the doctors' orders and for several days enjoyed spending time her with newborn.
A week after giving birth the new mother's health began to deteriorate rapdily.
She went to see her GP and was sent home with pain killers.
Her mother, Tania Belk, told stuff.nz that it was at that point that her daughter was suddenly in "agony".
"Troy called an ambulance but she died on her way into the hospital,” the grandmother said.
"It's a huge, huge loss for us, she was our ray of sunshine, always there for us and we were always there for her."
An initial post-mortem found that Tammy died of ruptured acute appendicitis, although a conclusive verdict could be months away.
Her mum added: "We were told her body had rejected the internal stitches from the C-section and it caused acute appendicitis."
In the wake of the sudden death a friend set up a Give a Little page in a bid to raise money for Tammy's funeral and her four children, Taimana, Kaizarn, Traeziah and Koraleigh.
"The shock the whanau (extended family) are all experiencing is indescribable," the friend wrote.
"There are truly no words to explain the tremendous loss that Tammy's unexpected death brings."
So far more than $4,000NZ (£2,000) has been raised.
Despite losing her mother so early on Koraleigh is healthy and happy, Tania said, and has transferred well from being breast to bottle fed.