Mum dies suddenly while seven months pregnant after saying she 'didn't feel very well'
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Friends and family of a pregnant mum-of-three have been left with questions following her sudden death just minutes after saying she 'didn't feel very well'.
Zoe Green, from Kettering, passed away when she was just 26 years old on Tuesday (14 February), leaving behind her three kids; Lincoln, 5, Oakley, 4, and Ralphie, who was 10 months old.
Zoe was pregnant with her fourth child, who she had decided to name Cobie, but he sadly died along with his mum after suffering a lack of oxygen to the brain.
Kelly Mercer, a family friend who had known Zoe 'all her life', explained that Zoe's tragic death came just minutes after she called her mum on Tuesday morning (7 February).
"She rang her mum, at 5.30am in the morning, saying she didn't feel very well," Mercer said.
"Her mum lives five minutes away, but by the time she walked down, Zoe was dead on the floor in the bathroom. She was stuck between the bath and the door and they couldn't get in.
"She leaves behind three children and then obviously she was seven months pregnant. Unfortunately, the baby then had no oxygen so he then died."
Mercer said everyone is in 'complete shock' over Zoe's death, and explained that her body has been transported to Leicester Royal Infirmary for a post mortem.
"Hopefully, by the end of the week, they'll actually know what actually happened," she said.
"To our knowledge, she was fine. She just woke in the night and didn't feel well so phoned her mum who would pop along."
Zoe is thought to have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, though Mercer noted the post-mortem may reveal 'something else'.
"We're doing different things to try to help," Zoe said.
The family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help support the Green family following the heartbreaking loss of Zoe, with donations set to go towards Zoe's funeral and her children's futures.
She has also helped to organise a raffle with plans to donate the proceeds.
"We're just trying to raise as much as we can and just make the day a bit easier for them," Mercer said. "We will fundraise until March 9 and then I'm going to do a coffee morning on March 10, unless it's the funeral...
"It helps in a way but it still doesn't help the pain. Hopefully, it helps financially. She probably wouldn't have had a will or anything like that. Her mum and dad are not in that position either."
Zoe's two eldest children are currently living with Zoe's parents, while the youngest, Ralphie, is living with his father.
You can donate to the fundraiser for the Green family here.