The diagnosis of a rare pregnancy-related cancer has dimmed the joy of a New York couple who had just welcomed twins.
Jenna Hinman, 26, is in a medically-induced coma after being diagnosed with choriocarcinoma just minutes after giving birth to two girls.
The New York Daily News reports that twins Azlynn and Kinleigh were born by caesarean nine weeks early because doctors were concerned for their wellbeing.
Minutes later, Ms Hinman started coughing up blood.
Staff at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, pinpointed the cause as the cancer which starts in the placenta and spreads quickly. Her body was found to have tumours throughout, the Daily News reports.
"Her lungs are so involved with tumour that they don't work," Crouse Hospital oncologist Dr Wiley Bunn told cnycentral.com.
"And right now they're not working at all," he added.
Her husband Brandon, a soldier in the US Army, is desperately fundraising to pay for a machine to clean her blood.
He revealed that his wife's condition was "touch and go" and he took the opportunity to speak to her when she woke up for a brief period.
"I walked up to her bed and grabbed her hand and said 'honey it's me. I love you, you're doing great.' And as I was talking she shook her head yes," he told cnycentral.com.
"My hope is that my wife stands up, holds my hand, we have the girls and we walk out of this hospital."