THE last moments of a Hampshire mum's life were told to an inquest this afternoon.

David Pickett recounted how his wife Jasmine collapsed at home three days after giving birth to a boy at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

Mrs Pickett died of severe pneumonia brought on by a streptococcal infection, the inquest heard.

Jasmine, 29, had been discharged from the RHCH on December 23.

The following day she developed symptoms for a cold or chest infection. But she suddenly deteriorated, the inquest in Winchester heard.

Mr Pickett, of Pennington Close, Colden Common, said early on December 24 jasmine had been coughing and having difficulty breathing and feeling unwell.

He said he spoke to GP Dr Michael Evans who thought it was an infection.

But Jasmine deteriorated and staff at the RHCH advised that she should return.

Daily Echo: Read our in depth coverage of this subject Mr Pickett said: "She tried to stand but had to sit back down. I tried to help her up but she feel off the bed onto the floor. I thought she had fainted, "I was taken by the surprise of it. I wasn't aware it was so serious. The situation changed very quickly."

After calling 999 Mr Pickett went to help his wife. "I put the phone down and started resuscitation, ,outh to mouth. Her heart had stopped and I was trying to restart the heart."