Brother of courageous Fresno mom: 'She made sure those babies would live'

Thursday, March 23, 2017 06:07PM
Twins, Nico and Camila, are out of the intensive care unit and surrounded by loved ones after their cancer-stricken mother died a day after they were born.


FRESNO, Calif. - A Fresno mother fighting cancer delivered twins at Stanford's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, and passed away a day later.

Those twins are now a week old and the brave mother's family is devastated, but they're trying to stay strong and hold it together for them.

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Nico and Camila are little miracles -- each of them weighing roughly three pounds when they were born. Their mother, Jamie Snider, held them briefly. "She got to lay with them, hug them, and spend some time with them, she passed away the next morning," said Snider's brother Chris.

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Chris is still numb. He was with her in the delivery room and thought she would pull through. The 30-year-old mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and was able to beat it. When Snider found out she was pregnant, she learned the cancer had returned. "They couldn't give her too much chemo because it would affect the development of the babies," said Chris. "She made sure, she made sure those babies would live. She traded her life."

Snider posted a picture of herself right before the delivery saying: "Tomorrow will be a great day. God has been on my side the whole time. All the prayers and love have kept me going as well. Wish me luck. I'm having a C-section keeping me positive through all the hard times."

"What gives me peace in my heart is she got to see those babies and hold them, and be with them a little bit," said Snider's friend Larina Campanile.

Twins, Camila and Nico, are out of the neonatal intensive care unit, but are still at the hospital. They're healthy and surrounded by family.

Snider leaves behind two other daughters. Just after she was cremated, her daughters spotted a cloud in the sky. "Maybe she's in the clouds," one said.

To them, the cloud resembled a face they knew, their mother smiling, and watching over them.

This is an undated image of a cloud that appeared after Jamie Snider was cremated.


If you'd like to help Snider's family, her children, or with her memorial service, you can go to the GoFundMe pages below:

GoFundMe: Memorial Service

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GoFundMe: Family Expenses
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