Mum dies after birth of triplets

Paul and Isabel Mason
Paul and Isabel Mason pictured here in happier times Photo: Ordnance Survey

The husband of a new mum who died eight days after giving birth to triplets has paid tribute to her.

Isabel Mason from Winchester collapsed and died at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital where she had given birth to two boys and a girl called Mattias, Lukas and Sarah.

On Saturday 10 March Isabel was taken ill and sadly passed away at 11.15pm.

Eight days earlier Isabel had delivered the healthy triplets and in the precious week in between had been ‘on top of the world’.

Paul said: “We were both overjoyed to be having an instant family, the triplets were our first and most probably last children.

"We looked forward to sharing and introducing our children to our shared hobbies of family time around the kitchen table, playing guitar, listening to German and French radio, country walks, camping, motorbiking, listening to the rain and watching the world go by.”

“Since Isabel’s death I have been overwhelmed with the messages of support and tributes to her and we would like to thank all of our friends and colleagues who have been in touch as these words of comfort and kindness mean so much to our family.”

Known as ‘Izzy’ she was born in East Germany in March 1977 and travelled to England to work as an au pair, caring for three boys, when she was 18.

After returning to Germany to finish her studies Isabel lived for brief periods in France and America before returning to Oxford, England.

Isabel began working at Ordnance Survey, as a member of the IS Project Management team, in 2008.

It was at Ordnance Survey where she met Paul Mason who she married on 5 June 2010 in a traditionally English Tudor house – her childhood dream. Paul and Isabel lived together in Winchester.

In a statement Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is a tragic case and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the family involved.

"Although we are unable to comment on individual cases, as with any unexpected death, a full and prompt investigation will be carried out.”