Pregnant mother, unborn twins die of rare heart condition in Pontiac

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:32:13 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 08 2013 07:07:53 PM EST

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PONTIAC, Mich. -

Neighbors say 29-year-old Sheena Powell was a loving mother who was always out in the front yard playing with her kids.

She was pregnant and only weeks away from delivering her twins.

Than the mother-to-be died suddenly from a condition that can target any pregnant woman.

"She called them in to eat two or three times a day," said Louis Flores.

Flores lives next door.

Read: Family in shock after pregnant woman, babies die.

He talked to Local 4 about how excited Sheena was about expecting twins.

"That's what's so sad. I know her children are going to miss you," he said.

Home of deceased mother-to-be Sheena Powell

~Home of Sheena Powell~

Powell's pregnancy took a turn for the worse Sunday afternoon.

She began to have serious chest pains.

It is believed her oldest daughter called 911 and minuets later Oakland County Sheriff's Deputies arrived.

"They pulled her out of the house on a stretcher and were doing chest compressions on her." said neighbor Loni Cloum.

Powell and her unborn twins were pronounced dead at the hospital Sunday evening.

What went wrong with the healthy mother who had no pregnancy complications?

Doctors say Sheena died of peripartum cardiomyopathy a rare, life-threatening condition that causes the heart to enlarge.

It can occur in pregnant women who are often healthy.

"Hope that everyone can heal from losing somebody close to their family. She was a mother. I hope the kids can get past that." said Flores.