The bereft husband of mother who died suddenly after celebrating her first Christmas with her premature triplets has described how his wife ‘idolised’ their little girls.
Rachel and Steven Park spoke just last week about spending the festive period with the triplets, describing Poppie, Mollie and Evelyn – who made a miraculous recovery after being born at 26 weeks – as the ‘only presents’ they wanted.
But, two days after celebrating Christmas together at their home in Whitehaven, Cumbria, Mrs Park suddenly died.
Today, Mr Park, who broke the news of his wife’s death on social media, spoke for the first time about the tragedy.
He said: ‘She idolised those little girls, they were her world.’
Rachel Park, 39, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at her home in Whitehaven, in Cumbria – just days earlier she and her husband Steve had celebrated bringing their triplets home after they were born 26 weeks early
Police said Mrs Park’s death was unexplained but not suspicious.
Mrs Park, an admin manager who had type-1 diabetes, married her husband in 2009.
They tried for six years to start a family, having three failed rounds of IVF on the NHS.
But, after having a fourth round of IVF done privately last summer, Mrs Park found out she was pregnant with twins and said she was ‘over the moon’.
Poppie, Mollie and Evelyn were then born on March 11 at 26 weeks, weighing a collective 5lb 2oz – the same as two bags of sugar.
The triplets had to be put in incubators and ventilators in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary as their lungs were so tiny.
Mr and Mrs Park were told to ‘prepare for the worst’ but the triplets made great improvements and, after a four-month battle, were allowed home in July.
Speaking last week, Mrs Park said: ‘It was touch and go with all three at some point but they’re all out and fine now.
‘We were told to prepare for the worst. They’ve had quite a tough journey but they’re growing now and doing well. We’re looking forward to Christmas, there’s toys everywhere!’
Mrs Park, an admin manager, married Steven in 2009 and they tried for six years to start a family. They had three failed rounds of IVF on the NHS before a fourth done privately proved successful last summer
Police say Mrs Park’s death is unexplained but it is not believed to be suspicious
She had described Poppie as a ‘diva who liked cuddles’, Mollie as ‘laid back’ and Evelyn as ‘very chatty.’
All the babies now weigh 14lb each and still need oxygen and tube feeding.
Mr Park said in the interview: ‘Our girls have been on a huge journey so far and because of that we’re going to make sure their first Christmas will be extra special.
‘We were so scared that they may not make it this far, and will therefore be really celebrating the festive season. They’re the only presents we want.
‘We just sat on the sofa thinking “they are our family”. They lay on our laps and we were in disbelief.”
Mrs Park died at her home in Whitehaven in the early hours on Tuesday – just days earlier she had celebrated Christmas with her triplets
Police say Mrs Park’s death is unexplained but it is not believed to be suspicious.
A spokeswoman for Cumbria police said: ‘Police were called at 3am yesterday (December 27) to Beatty Road, to a report of a sudden death of a woman in her 30s. Her death is unexplained but not believed to be suspicious.’
UK Triplet and Quad Mums are currently trying to raise funds to help Mr Park as he raises his three daughters.
The campaign has already raised more than £5,000.