A new mum was holding her baby in her arms when she slipped into unconsciousness and died.
Deanna Rose Gioia, 35, was breastfeeding her two-month-old daughter, Adrianna, when she called out to her husband, “I don’t feel well”.
“He ran into the room, but she was already unresponsive,” a close friend of the family, Michelle Paini, told Staten Island Live.
“She was in good health. She didn’t have complications giving birth. We don’t know what caused this.”
Deanna and her husband Richie. Source: Facebook
The New York woman was rushed to hospital but couldn't be saved, her heartbroken family is still waiting for the results of her autopsy to determine the cause of her death.
"Just like that, she was gone," her mother Debbie DiSalvatore said. "We did everything together."
Gioia married her "Prince Charming", her husband Richie in 2012.
The couple first met as teenagers while they were working part time at American supermarket chain Waldbaums.