A proud mother who defied doctors warnings over having a baby has died just three weeks after giving birth.
Leah Biggs, 27, was told that having a baby could kill her because of her fragile heart – but gave birth to her tiny 4lbs 4oz daughter Aria last month.
However Leah, who underwent a heart transplant in 2010, suffered complications and had to be kept alive by a life support machine.
But after three weeks doctors eventually told her husband Mike, 28, there was nothing more that could be done.
Baby Aria, who was being cared for in an intensive care incubator, was allowed to return home the day her mother died.
Her sister-in-law Lucianna said: “It’s such a difficult time for our family but Aria is pulling us all through.”
Beauty therapist Leah, of Abercarn, Gwent, was born with a rare heart condition and received a heart transplant in 2010.
Doctors told her that her condition could kill if her she gave birth, but earlier this year she was was said to be thrilled at the prospect of becoming a mum.
In a Facebook post she wrote:
Writing on Facebook, Land Rover technician Mike said: “It is with an excruciating, unbearable, deep and heavy pain in my heart that i have to say we lost Leah Biggs early this afternoon.
“She was my reason for living and she/we wanted a child more than anything but we never thought anything like this would happen.
Leah then suffered further complications including kidney problems before her heart stopped at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Doctors performed CPR for 40 minutes and managed to keep her alive by a life-support machine as her family were told Leah would need another heart transplant.
Leah came around briefly after giving birth under heavy sedation and called out to meet her daughter who was born seven weeks premature by c- section.
But Aria was being cared for by nurses in intensive care so she never got to see her daughter before she passed away.