Cancer-Stricken Mom Kisses Her Newborn Baby Goodbye Before Passing Away

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 29, 2018   |   10:46AM   |   Wellington, New Zealand

Within a matter of weeks, a New Zealand mother experienced some of life’s greatest joys and deepest tragedies after giving birth to a daughter and learning she had terminal cancer.

Diana Sevealii, 36, of New Zealand, died on May 20, leaving behind an infant daughter, the Daily Mail reports. The family recently shared a heartbreaking photo of the dying mother kissing her daughter before she died.

On March 2, Sevealii gave birth to her daughter, Brooklyn, her only child, according to the report. Baby Brooklyn was born prematurely because she was suffering from heart problems; she had heart surgery a few days later.

But the worst health news related to her mother. Just five weeks after giving birth, Diana Sevealii was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer; it was terminal.

Sevealii’s family said she refused chemotherapy right after her diagnosis because she wanted to spend as much time with her daughter as possible.

Here’s more from the report:

Her brother Benna Sevealii said before she took her last breath, she got to see her daughter one final time.

‘Di passed away peacefully. We were all in her room. She was struggling to breathe so we brought Brooklyn to see her,’ he said.

‘She kissed baby and then Mum. Seconds later she drifted off and that was that. It was her last breath.’

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Brooklyn still is struggling with health problems, but her family said she is improving. Her aunt Moira and husband Evan hope to adopt her, the report states.

“Our family is broken, but we rejoice in the fact that Diana is no longer in pain and her legacy is alive in Baby Brooklyn,” the family wrote on a fundraising page for the mother’s and daughter’s health expenses.