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Just hours after this photo was taken, happy new mum Lisa Parkisson was dead.

This is a picture of 35-year-old Lisa Parkisson, minutes after giving birth to her son, Zac, via C-section.

The photo was taken in the early hours of Saturday morning at the Royal Oldham Hospital in the UK and Lisa was said to be “over the moon” with her beautiful new baby.

But just two days later, Lisa’s family recieved a call that would change their lives. Lisa was dead.

Lisa had complained of a terrible headache in the hours following her son’s birth. But hospital staff put it down to her high blood pressure and there was no indication that anything else was physically wrong.

“She was so, so happy, the happiest we had ever seen her with Zac in her arms. She was beaming,” Lisa’s mum Judith told The Manchester Evening News. “She was saying ‘just look at him, he’s perfect. I will have that memory of her for the rest of my life and that will be a comfort to us.

“We want answers about what happened. She was a beautiful light, so funny, so warm, so kind and loved. And now that light has gone out,” Judith said.

Understandably this distraught family want to know how they’ve gone from joyously celebrating a new birth to grieving for their lost loved one and her boy, who will now grow up without a mum. This from The Daily Mail:

Ms Parkisson’s sister Ally Ziemniak, 40, said: ‘They said a midwife had gone into check at 8.30am and noticed something wasn’t right and they tried to resuscitate her but couldn’t.

‘She was in bed, there was blood everywhere, it was so terrible.’

Ms Parkisson went into labour on Friday evening and was admitted to hospital on Saturday, where staff found her baby was breech.

Lisa’s partner Chris told the Manchester Evening News: “I loved Lisa so much and she loved me. I am numb about what’s happened…. We will always talk about her to Zac, he will know everything about his mum.”

Baby Zac is reportedly still at the hospital while the family deal with the tragedy, but is doing well.

Our thoughts are with Lisa’s family at this terrible time.