A "BEAUTIFUL" mum-of-four collapsed and died just days after giving birth to her daughter - leaving her young family reeling.
Chelsea Cooper, 31, was rushed to hospital after her partner, Darren Nimmick, discovered her unresponsive on the bedroom floor of their Essex home.
⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updatesChelsea Cooper had given birth to her youngest daughter, Tori, just days before her deathCredit: Mirrorpix The mum leaves behind her four young children
Medics battled to save her life and she was put into a coma in a desperate attempt to save her.
But tragically, the young mum died on the ward after her organs failed on New Year’s Eve, two days after she was admitted.
Family friend Toni Croft today paid tribute to the mum, who leaves behind four young children - five-year-old Logan, Rachel, three, TJ, one and newborn Tori.
She told The Mirror: "The two youngest children don't understand what's going on, but I'm sure they're questioning where their mum is
"They're going to grow up not knowing their mum, which is so sad.
"The older two are asking for their mum, it's so terrible. How do you tell a five-year-old that their mum has died and isn't coming back?"
The cause of her death is not yet known.
Toni said Chelsea had been a fit and healthy woman but had started to feel unwell a few days before her collapse at home on December 29.
Cooper was rushed to Southend University Hospital where she was put into a coma. She was later transferred to Basildon University Hospital, when her condition worsened.
Tragically, her partner Darren was unable to visit her due to Covid restrictions, instead having to speak to doctors by phone.
'TAKEN TOO SOON'
And Toni said his life had completely changed as he would now have to act as mum and dad at the same time.
She has now set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to support the family,
Croft’s fundraising appeal, which has so far raised more than £1,800, says: "Loads of people have already donated clothes, nappies, toiletries, food etc and with Darren having limited space living in a caravan and there was still so many people wanting to help we decided a go fund me page would be a great idea just to help out and relive some of the stresses.
"Given the time of year and the year everyone has had with COVID you wouldn’t want to see anyone have to go through something like this."
Another fundraising page has been set up by a family friend, Tina Sharp, on behalf of Chelsea’s mum Jackie, dad Cliff, sister Tewsday and brothers, Daryl and Alex.
It has been inundated with tributes for the mum.
The page read: “Our beautiful Chelsea was taken by the angels far too soon”.
“We would like to raise as much as we can to give our beautiful girl the send off she deserves and any left over to go to her four little ones.”
“We would like to raise as much as we can to give our beautiful girl the send off she deserves and any left over to go to her four little ones.”Chelsea with her partner, Darren NimmickCredit: uk.gofundme.com Chelsea was found collapsed by her partner Credit: Facebook Two fundraisers have been set up, with the aim of supporting Chelsea's children and partner after her deathCredit: Facebook