When four-year-old Jayceon Taylor sees pictures of his mom, his eyes light up, although he only briefly met his “mommy.” 

As WUSA 9 reports, during pregnancy, Nicholson, 34, developed a close bond with her fourth son. 


Nicholson's neighbor Kim Harvey told the news station: 

“Oh my God! That girl loved that baby before he was even born."

After Nicholson's Caesarean section, she couldn't wait to get back home. She looked forward to spending quality time with Jayceon and her other four children. 


However, days after birth her health took a turn for the worse. Jayceon's father Barry Taylor said Nicholson seemed disoriented a day after her delivery. He told WUSA 9: 

“She fainted a little bit, getting out of the car, and then she came back. She just got dizzy.”

Three days following her labor, her eldest son Demarco heard his brother crying non-stop outside of their apartment. When he entered the home he found his mom dead inside the shower. 

Harvey said: 

“It was just a very sad day, an unbelievable day, because I just didn't understand what had happened.”

Medical examiners reported that Nicholson died of a rare heart complication related to her pregnancy and childbirth. Doctors discovered her death was the result of cardiomyopathy. 

According to the US National Library of Medicine (NCBI) postpartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is caused by sudden heart failure that occurs between “the final weeks of pregnancy and six months after delivery.”

NCBI reports PPCM often goes undiagnosed:

PPCM is often not diagnosed until late in its course, because its clinical manifestations are highly variable and a heart disease may not be suspected at first.

Frequent presenting symptoms of PPCM, such as prostration, shortness of breath on mild exertion, and coughing, are often initially misinterpreted as evidence of pneumonia or as physiological accompaniments of pregnancy and delivery.

African American women, older moms, women who have had multiple pregnancies, and women who gave birth as teenagers are potentially at risk for developing the pregnancy related disease. 

According to WUSA 9, Nicholson's family was left with many unanswered questions when the 34-year-old suddenly passed away. 

Jayceon's father Taylor said:  

“I can’t put it into words. I think about her every day. I see him, I see her. I miss her, a lot.”

The dad said it's been difficult to raise his son without his mother.