- Isabel Mason was thrilled to give birth to Mattias, Lukas and Sarah
- But the 34-year-old died just over a week later after suffering heart problems
13:54, 21 March 2012
16:08, 21 March 2012
A mother who had been ‘on top of the world’ after giving birth to triplets died just eight days later, it has emerged.
Isabel Mason, 34, gave birth to Mattias, Lukas and Sarah at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester on March 2.
However, she collapsed and died there on March 10, after it is believed she suffered heart problems.
Isabel Mason, right, had been ‘on top of the world’ after giving birth to triplets but she died just eight days after their birth. Her husband Paul is pictured left
Her husband, Paul, will now have to bring up the triplets without their German-born mother, who was known as Izzy.
‘Isabel had delivered healthy triplets – Mattias, Lukas and Sarah – and in the precious week in between had been “on top of the world”,’ Mr Mason said.
‘We were both overjoyed to be having an instant family, the triplets were our first and most probably last children.
‘We looked forward to sharing and introducing our children to our shared hobbies of family time around the kitchen table, playing guitar, listening to German and French radio, country walks, camping, motorbiking, listening to the rain and watching the world go by.
‘Since Isabel’s death, I have been
overwhelmed with the messages of support and tributes to her and we
would like to thank all of our friends and colleagues who have been in
touch as these words of comfort and kindness mean so much to our
Triplets Mattias, Lukas and Sarah, pictured, will now be brought up without their German-born mother
Mrs Mason was born in East Germany in 1977 and travelled to England to work as an au pair when she was 18.
After returning to Germany to finish
her studies she lived for brief periods in France and America before
returning to Oxford.
She began working at Ordnance Survey – where Mr Mason also works – in 2008.
She married in June 2010 in a traditional English Tudor house – her childhood dream.
Today, her Twitter account still
describes her as ‘in love; pregnant with triplets; smiling;
philosophical and relaxed whenever possible’.
On January she posted ’29 weeks – so far so good (-: ‘
On December 26, Mr Mason wrote on his Twitter account: ’24 week scan last week very positive. We know probable genders.’
On March 2 he wrote: ‘They’re here! £triplets’
A spokesman for Ordnance Survey said:
‘Our thoughts are with Paul, the babies and the wider families of both
Isabel and Paul at this very sad time.’
An inquest was opened and adjourned
on March 16 with the possible cause of death given as haemopericardium –
a rupture of the pericardial sac around the heart caused by a cut in an
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said: ‘This is a real tragedy and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family who we are supporting at this difficult time.
‘Of course, due to patient confidentiality, we are unable to share details relating to a patient’s care.’