Mom Beats Cancer During Pregnancy Only to Die After Giving Birth to Twins

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It should have been a joyful time: After beating cancer not once, but twice, 30-year-old Jamie Snider -- already a mother of two beautiful daughters -- gave birth to healthy twin girls. But just one day after her C-section, Snider passed away unexpectedly from congenital heart failure, leaving four children without a mother ... and many friends and family members completely devastated.

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Snider overcame cervical cancer before she got pregnant with her twins (though she lost an ovary in the process). The Fresno, California, mom was reportedly delighted when she found out she was expecting -- and then, the cancer came back in a very aggressive way. Snider received intensive treatment at the Stanford Medical Center throughout her pregnancy (including chemotherapy), and miraculously, the cancer went into remission. Things looked hopeful.

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According to a friend, just last week, Snider posted the following message to Facebook:

"God has been by my side the whole time. All your prayers and love have kept me going as well. Wish me luck. I'm having a C-section at 7 and then a radial hysterectomy right after. I'll be fine. Thank you, God, for keeping me positive through all the hard times."

It would prove to be Snider's final post. Twins Camila and Nico were born healthy on March 16, though they were premature at 33 weeks. Snider was able to hold her new daughters. But the next morning, tragedy struck when she passed away from heart failure.

So incredibly sad. Not only will these tiny twins never know their mother, but their big sisters have lost a parent, too. And one has to think that this was probably something Snider was afraid might happen. Dying and leaving your children behind is one of every parent's greatest fears. Still, she'll never be far from her children's hearts; apparently, right after Snider's memorial service, her daughters looked up at the sky and saw a cloud they thought looked like their mom.

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When they're strong enough, the twins will move to Pelham, New Hampshire, to live with Snider's partner Heath Coigny and his family. And though nothing will ever make Snider's loss any less painful for her loved ones, the fact that the girls were born healthy despite their mother's cancer truly is a miracle. 

Several GoFundMe accounts have been set up to help cover the costs of Snider's services and the children's travel. A worthy cause, if you have the means.

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