A young mum died from Covid-19 complications just moments after fulfilling her dream of giving birth to her twin boys.
The tragedy occurred as Larissa Blanco was giving birth to her babies Guilherme and Gustavo in a private hospital in Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
As doctors were performing a caesarean she suffered a massive bleed which caused a cardiac arrest.
Local reports say Larissa had tested positive for Covid-19 on June 12 and her husband Diego Rodrigues, 24, said she had been showing flu-like symptoms for some days before.
She was taken to hospital on June 26 when her condition worsened, before being transferred to the hospital in Botucatu on June 27, where she went into labour.
Heartbroken husband Diego told local media: “I was in the surgery room and they were taking the first baby out.
“She saw that wonderful little face and I was really emotional, that was her dream.”
Diego says that the second child was born later after a ‘small complication’.
He then said goodbye to his wife to accompany the children, thinking everything was okay and he would see her again.
Her health then took a serious turn for the worse.
He was then told that his wife had suffered a haemorrhage and needed a blood transfusion.
He said: “She had a haemorrhage and wasn’t managing to pull through.
“After that, she suffered a cardiac arrest and needed a blood transfusion. At around 6 am they told me that she did not pull through and had died.
“The doctor said that because of Covid her body could not take it.”
The devastated new dad said: “I am distraught, I can’t get her out of my head but I know God has a plan for our lives.
“God let her leave two little angels for me to look after, to give me strength. I cried so much when I first saw them, it was the most beautiful thing.”
The husband had previously tested positive for COVID but is no longer transmitting the virus and is staying with his twins in the hospital until they are discharged.
According to recent statistics Brazil surpassed 60,000 deaths from the coronavirus after recording more than 1,000 fatalities over the last 24 hours.
The South American nation has the second-highest Covid-19 death toll in the world after the United States.