A pregnant bride died from a stroke minutes before reaching the altar, leaving her groom a single father to their newborn daughter who was delivered by emergency caesarean.
Nurse Jessica Guedes, 30, was six months pregnant and apparently healthy when she began to feel ill while in the limo on the way to the church on Sunday in São Paulo.
At first her family thought she was suffering from anxiety about the ceremony after she complained of feeling dizzy with pains in her neck.
They were unaware the victim was suffering from the preeclampsia which would shortly rob her of her young life and motherhood.
She was declared brain dead by doctors shortly after arriving at hospital.
Her fiancé, firefighter Lieutenant Flavio Gonçalvez, 31, who was already waiting at the altar, was surprised by the delay.
But when she arrived a relative rushed into the venue pleading for help after the first time mum-to be passed out in the car.
Flavio Gonçalvez was left a single father to his newborn daughter on his wedding dayafter fiancee Jessica Guedes suddenly collapsed on the way the ceremony
According to the medical report, the mother had a stroke, due to preeclampsia and internal bleeding that meant surgeons were forced to remove the uterus.
Given the severity of the case, the medical team performed an emergency caesarean section to save the 29-week-old baby's life and the young mum, who had been declared brain dead, passed away after the operation.
Sophia was born weighing 2.05lbs and13.5 inches (930 grams and 34 centimeters) and is in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is likely to be in hospital for at least two months.
Images capture the incredible moment the premature child responds to her father's voice by opening her eyes, turning to look at him and seemingly reaching for him with an outstretched hand that creeps out from underneath the covers.
The bereaved father said: 'Jessica was a really cheerful person who loved life, an enlightened and strong being of light. I was so looking forward to becoming her husband and becoming a father. I will be strong and I will not weaken in the face of adversity.
'The love of my life taught me how to respect and treat a woman well so that I could learn how to take care of our daughter.
'I still can't believe this has happened. It seems like I'm in a sad movie, and you cry, cry, cry, but leave the movie theatre knowing it was just a movie.
'However, in my case, the movie will never be over, and the suffering will go on forever.' he added emotionally.
The family decided to respect with Jessica's request to donate her organs and she was buried yesterday following the release of her body.
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