The young woman "always wanted to be a mother" and "lived for her children" but didn't get the chance to see her boys grow up.
"One-in-a-million" is how Jessica Hildreth is described by her family. Now, her loved ones feel like their world is destroyed after she unexpectedly collapsed right in front of her little boys and her partner.
23-year-old Jessica was out on a walk with her boys, who are three and six years of age, when she suddenly collapsed on May 31 in the Yorkshire Wolds, UK. She had suffered a massive heart attack and until the paramedics arrived, Jessica's brother Joe and his girlfriend, Courtney gave her CPR. After the emergency services arrived at the spot, they did all that they could and Jessica was soon airlifted to the Leeds General Infirmary, where her life came to an end, as reported by HullLive.
Her partner, Lewis Riley, and her family, never imagined that they would have to deal with losing Jessica who was far too young.
"Jessica was a healthy, bubbly girl. She was one-in-a-million and she would do anything for anyone," said her father, John Hildreth. "She was the most genuine person you could ever come across and never had a bad word to say to anyone. She was the best daughter you could wish for and such a brilliant and dedicated mother. She loved her children, she loved her partner and she loved life. She was just an amazing person and an amazing mum."
Now, after watching their mother collapse right in front of them, 6-year-old Tommy and 3-year-old Harry have to grow up without their mother while Lewis has lost his childhood sweetheart whom he had been with for 11 years.
"Jessica always wanted to be a mother. She lived for her children... Everything she did was to do with her boys and Lewis. Her life revolved around that," said Susan, Jessica's mother.
Still in her early 20s, Jessica had her whole life ahead of her with dreams and goals still left unfulfilled. "She had just started to set up her own child-minding business which she was very excited about," Susan said. "She had always been interested in childcare but the business was a new thing and had to be put on hold during lockdown."
It wasn't just her family that Jessica left fond memories with, but also her partner's family. "She became a big part of their lives," his father said. "She was happy-go-lucky and nothing was a problem for her. If any of us had a problem you could pick up the phone to her and she would be the first one round."
The family is absolutely heartbroken and in the hopes of not wanting other families to go through what they are going through, Jessica's loved ones are raising awareness about the what3words app. Through this app, emergency services can track someone in distress quicker so that precious time is not lost.
"We didn’t know anything about this app. We only found out about it through this terrible experience," said John, as reported by DerbyshireLive. "My daughter and her family were in the middle of nowhere at the time. We can’t say having the app would have saved her but it would have helped the emergency services find them more quickly"
With the entire family devastated, Jessica's grieving father said, "We will miss everything about Jessica. Me, my wife and Lewis are all absolutely heartbroken. Our world has been destroyed. You cannot describe the feeling. We feel like we are dead inside."
Jessica’s friend, Kelly Middlemas, set up a GoFundMe page to "take some pressure off her partner Lewis and her parents for funeral arrangements and maybe something sentimental for her beautiful boys..."
Kelly wrote that Jessica "will be very deeply missed by everyone whose path she has crossed. She will have left a huge hole in the hearts of everybody who knew her," and ended by saying, "Sleep well sweetheart, Thank you."