Mum-to-be and unborn twins die after seizure
Thirty-one-year old Kirsty Walker from Thatcham in Berkshire was just eight weeks away from giving birth when she collapsed after having a seizure at her home. Despite undergoing an emergency caesarean to save the babies, all three tragically died.
Kirsty had already chosen names for the girls, naming them after princesses Soraya and Regan.
Now her family is preparing for a triple funeral and Kirsty's devastated mum, Debbie, said the three princesses would go to heaven together.
'Christmas was Debbie's favourite time of year,' Debbie told the Mail Online. ' I don't remember much about this Christmas, only pain. The pain we feel I cannot put into words.'
Kirtsy's dad, Adrian continued: 'The last seven days have been the toughest days of my life. The pain I have felt has cut me to the core.
'Something no one should feel, but as a family we have drawn strength from each other and together (those) that are close to us.
'Kirsty meant the world to me and I am thankful that I had 31 years to enjoy her company, she was so thoughtful of others, often putting them first.'
Kirsty and her fiancé Kris Smith, pictured together above, were due to be married later this year.
Epilepsy and pregnancy
Epilepsy Society's medical officer Professor Ley Sander said this was a devastating story. 'Our deepest sympathies are with Kirsty's family who are coming to terms with the loss of their daughter and her twin daughters.
'It is very rare for a young woman with epilepsy to die during pregnancy but Kirsty's death highlights the fact that it can and does happen. The impact on family, friends and the whole community is devastating.'
He said it was vital that all women who are pregnant or who are thinking about starting a family should ask for a referral to their neurologist at the earliest opportunity.
'This is something that we are always talking about and stressing at Epilepsy Society,' he said. 'While most women with epilepsy will have a happy and healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby, there are special concerns around medication and seizures that need to be addressed for the health of both the mum and her unborn baby.
' While many seizure types are not thought to be harmful to an unborn child, in some circumstances convulsive seizures can cause miscarriage, trauma related to falls and blood conditions that can affect the developing baby. Or, as in the tragic case of Kirsty and her twins, can lead to death. '
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