Newborn twins orphaned when parents die just days apart

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Florida-based mom Stephanie Caceres died 12 days after her husband was shot. She is survived by a 2-year-old daughter and newborn twins..

Just 12 days after losing her partner in a fatal shooting, 27-year-old Stephanie Caceres perished due to a post-cesarean section infection. The couple left behind a 2-year-old daughter and newborn twins.

Caceres, who lived in Florida and worked in a paediatric office, sadly succumbed to the said infection on the day of her partner Jevaughn Suckoo's funeral, reports the New York Times.

Those closest to the couple have set up a GoFundMe page in an "effort to provide health, education, maintenance and support to these three little ones."

"On July 11th, Jevaughn Suckoo was tragically murdered. Stephanie gave birth two those beautiful and healthy twins 3 days after his passing on July 14th. We all wish this already tragic story stopped there," wrote their relative Lina Niemczyk, who set up the fundraising page. "Stephanie developed an infection and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Like everything Stephanie did in life, she battled hard for 10 days."

"We are all devastated, heartbroken and at a loss for words for all three of these children who will grow up never having gotten to truly know their parents," Niemczyk continued in the page's description. "Thankfully Stephanie and Jevaughn were raised by a beautiful family that have accepted the challenge set forth by God. The grandparents are going to start over, now raising their grandchildren. We will never understand why, we can only accept this as part of a divine plan and do what is in our power to help them."

How to know if you have an infection after a C-section

Wound infection after undergoing a C-section is commonly bacterial in nature and often occurs at the surgical site itself. Though more information is needed as to the exact kind of infection that cost Stephanie her life, let's take a closer look at the symptoms about this potentially fatal postpartum complication.

  • fever higher than 100.4 ºF (or 38 °C)
  • severe abdominal pain or pain at the incision that doesn't go away
  • redness at the surgical site
  • swelling of the surgical site
  • pus discharge from the surgical site
  • pain during urination
  • foul-smelling discharge
  • profuse bleeding with large clots (fills up pad within an hour)
  • leg swelling or pain

*Republished with permission from theAsianparent Philippines

Sources: The New York Times, Healthline

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