A 31 year old heart transplant survivor, has been reported dead, barely hours after giving birth to her first child.
The deceased, Meg Johnson, delivered her daughter, Eilee Kate, in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville on Tuesday at 2.40am, with her husband Nathan at her side.
The birth was smooth, with no complications, and the couple sat together with their newborn for hours afterwards. They burped her, held her, and chatted – even posting a photo on Instagram.
But at around 9am, Meg’s condition spiraled, and within minutes doctors said they could not save her. She died before 10am.
Although Meg underwent a heart transplant seven years ago – after contracting myocarditis, a disease of inflamed heart muscles, as a teen – doctors said they do not believe this was the underlying factor in her death.
As medics race to confirm the cause, family and friends have rallied around baby Eilee and widowed Nathan, who is a freelance musician. By Thursday afternoon, a GoFundMe account that started with the aim of $40,000 had rocketed to more than $295,000.
Josh Wilson, one of Nathan’s best friends who started the fundraiser, told Daily Mail Online;
‘It was totally unexpected, I can’t stop crying. No one saw it coming,’ he said.
‘The pregnancy was tough, like all pregnancies. But their doctor had cleared them, said it was safe, and the birth was smooth. They even sat together for hours afterwards just talking and talking. They had no idea.’
Meg was 23 when she underwent a heart transplant in Ferguson, Missouri, where she is from.
She contracted a virus in 2002 at the age of 15 which led to myocarditis, a potentially fatal heart disease. After years on medication she was put on the transplant list.
May her soul rest in peace.