Terrible Tragedy as Baby Dies One Week After Her Mother Died Giving Birth to Her

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 14, 2016   |   1:06PM   |   Jackson, MS

A double tragedy struck a Mississippi family this week when both a mother and her newborn baby daughter died.

The Daily Mail reports Dr. Nikki Shoemake-Patterson died on June 1 while in labor with her third child. A friend of the family said she died from a pulmonary embolism during natural labor, but the report has not been confirmed. Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt said she died of natural causes.

On Wednesday, just a week after her mother’s death, newborn Aubrey Caroline Patterson also died, according to the report. Her cause of death is not mentioned.

They leave behind their husband and father, and a daughter and son, the report states.

Shoemake-Patterson was a 40-year-old surgeon who was loved and well respected in her community.

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OCH Regional Medical Center CEO Richard Hilton said Shoemake-Patterson impacted countless lives through her surgical practice.

“[She] was an excellent surgeon who cared about her patients and was passionate about the practice of medicine,” Hilton said.

The family’s story is a reminder that every innocent human being’s death is a tragedy.