A newlywed mother died from a brain aneurysm just an hour after giving birth to twins.
Amanda Sawyer, 37, and firefighter Nick Reeder welcomed twin girls Kelce and Kaia on April 9 in Fresno, California, five months after their wedding in November.
The joyous moment quickly turned into a nightmare when Amanda began to feel ill minutes after giving birth.
Her condition rapidly deteriorated and within an hour she died from what doctors later learned was a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Nick is now mourning the loss of his 'rock' while adjusting to his new life as a single father to the newborn twins and the couple's other three children.
Amanda Sawyer, 37, died from a ruptured brain aneurysm shortly after giving birth to twins in Fresno, California on April 9. She was the proud mother of five children
Amanda's husband Nick Reeder is adjusting to life as a single father to twins Kelce and Kaia and the couple's other children Caleb, 11, Anistyn, six, and Layla, three
Nick and Amanda were thrilled to learn that they would be welcoming not one but two new additions to their family during an ultrasound appointment last year.
The newlyweds, who had been together for four years, were already parents to three children, two from a previous relationship, Caleb, 11, and Anistyn, six, and one that they had together, daughter Layla, three.
Throughout the healthy pregnancy, Amanda developed a bond with the unborn twins.
'She knew their personalities and their names,' Nick, a fire captain, told the Sacremento Bee. 'Now that I've met them, she was spot on.'
The babies were scheduled to be delivered by cesarean section earlier this month at Clovis Community Medical Center.
After a smooth delivery the new mom was bonding with the newborns when she began to feel ill and suddenly passed out.
The doctors did everything they could but were unable to save Amanda's life.
It was later revealed that she had suffered from a brain aneurysm, which occurs when a a blood vessel in the brain weakens and swells.
Amanda's aneurysm had ruptured during