A "beautiful" mum found dead next to her young son’s hospital bed is thought to have had swine flu, her grieving family say.
Sarah Jane Brazil, from Dublin, Ireland, was discovered unresponsive in a ward at Children’s Health Ireland at Tallaght on Sunday.
The 32-year-old had reportedly accompanied her sick boy to hospital after he was struck down with a bad chest infection and asthma.
But she suddenly fell ill herself and was later found on the floor beside her child’s bed by doctors, her devastated mum claims.
She will be laid to rest this morning.
However, Sarah’s loved ones say they’ve been told her coffin must remain sealed – due to the concerns that swine flu killed her.
Because of this, they’ve been unable to say a proper last goodbye.
Her mum, Christine, told the Irish Sun : “We can’t see her. We thought we might get one last chance but we can’t."
She added that the family have been told to keep Sarah’s children, Caitlin, 13, and six-year-old Dean, away from the coffin.
A hospital spokesperson confirmed an adult died unexpectedly at the weekend and that they were "accompanying a young inpatient".
Christine said her daughter – a "beautiful person" who "lived for her children" – had started feeling unwell before she passed away.
But she said: “I think in the end she just didn’t want to leave her child. She was found unresponsive on the floor, is what the doctor told me."
Sarah, from Killinardin, in the south of the Irish capital, lived next door to her parents with her partner, Martin, and children.
She has been described as a devoted mum-of-two, who "no matter what", always put the youngsters’ happiness first.
The cause of her death remains unconfirmed. It is reported her son was being treated in a high dependency ward at the hospital.
Sarah’s sister, Tina, said: "She was very outgoing and just always happy and so bubbly. She was such a beautiful person."
The mum’s funeral will be held in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killinarden, at 10am today, the Irish Mirror reports.
She will then be cremated at Newlands Cross Cemetery.
In a post on Facebook on Tuesday, Martin confirmed Sarah’s passing and said the wake would be private, with only close family attending.
He also thanked everyone for their support following the tragedy.
In her own Facebook bio, Sarah describes her children as her "world".
Tributes have been pouring in since her death, which comes 26 years after her own brother tragically drowned, in 1993.
One friend wrote on social media: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Brazil family Martin and the two kids. Such a young beautiful life taken to soon. Rest in peace Sarah Jane Brazil."
A hospital spokesperson said: "Children’s Health Ireland at Tallaght can confirm that an adult passed away unexpectedly at the weekend.
"The person was accompanying a young inpatient who was being treated in the children’s service.
"Children’s Health Ireland and Tallaght University Hospital would like to extend their condolences to the family of the deceased.
"As is the case with all unexpected deaths, the relevant authorities were immediately alerted and support was provided to the family."
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