Over $17K raised after new mum dies in hospital
5.30pm: THE Go Fund Me page started for Glynn Sheppard following the death of his wife has reached $17,155.
The amount was raised by 264 people in just one day.
One anonymous person donated $1000 to the campaign.
1.30pm: THE Go Fund Me page started for Glynn Sheppard following the death of his wife has reached its $10,000 target.
The funds raised on the page currently sits at $11,360, raised by 201 people in 23 hours.
Undoubtedly due to the page's success, the target has now been increased to $20,000.
6am: FAMILY and friends are rallying around a new Rockhampton dad whose wife tragically died giving birth to their first child.
What was supposed to be one of the happiest days of Amanda Sheppard's life turned to grief for her husband Glynn when Amanda died during an elected caesarean operation.
The death has sparked an investigation by the hospital and Queensland Health though the Queensland Nurses Union says the tragedy was not the result of any staffing or safety issues.
The Rockhampton woman suffered complications and died in theatre as she delivered her "beautiful daughter Willa". Authorities will investigate whether a suspected embolism, an obstruction of an artery, contributed to the death.
Baby Willa is said to be doing well in hospital.
A fundraising campaign has been set up to help the family with almost $4000 raised towards a $10,000 target.
"This day was supposed to be one of the best & happiest days of their lives & instead Amanda is leaving her beloved husband Glynn & brand new baby girl behind,'' the Go Fund Me page reads.
"Times right now are hard for Husband & their families & My heart is aching for them through this hard time.
"So I'm starting this Gofundme account to raise a little money to help them out a little with whatever it may be that they need..
"I would love to raise as much as I can to help them out.
"So please any donations big or small will go a long way to help out with any costs he needs & for his gorgeous little girl.
6.15am: QUEENSLAND Nurses Union's Grant Burton says the recent maternity ward death at the Rockhampton Hospital yesterday was not a result of staff or safety issues.
Mr Burton said the initial reports he had received suggested a woman had died during an elective caesarean section.
"There are no issues with staff in the theatre unit or the maternity staff involved," he said.
"I believe bub is all right as well.
"I have been informed that everyone went above and beyond."
3pm: CENTRAL Queensland Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Len Richards today confirmed a maternity patient died at Rockhampton Hospital yesterday.
The death has been referred to the coroner.
"What I can say is that a preliminary review has not indicated deficiencies in treatment that led to the patient's death, but this will be thoroughly investigated by the Coroner and through an internal review process," Mr Richards said.
The death comes after a review into practices in the hospital's maternity ward, following four birthing incidents in 12 months.
Mr Richards, who will finish up in the role in June to take on a position in South Australia, said the patient's family was their main priority.
"An initial meeting has been held with them to offer any support required during this extremely difficult time," he said.
"They will continue to receive information as it becomes available.
"Maternity Unit staff and clinicians have been debriefed and offered support."
Mr Richards urged Central Queensland women to maintain confidence in the care provided by the hospital's maternity unit.
"There has been a lot of work done to increase staffing levels and improve and strengthen the systems and processes that deliver safe patient services," he said.
"The patient's family wish to acknowledge and thank the medical and nursing staff who were involved.
"They wish to have their privacy respected at this sad time."