UPDATED: Framingham Mother Suffers Fatal Heart Attack, Stroke Giving Birth To Son

FRAMINGHAM – On Sunday, Suely Frois, 40, was eight months pregnant with her second son. But on Monday, when she arrived at the hospital making final preparation for the birth, she had a heart attack.

Doctors performed an emergency c-section to save baby Adam.

“She had two more heart attacks and during the surgery she started to hemorrhage. While hemorrhaging, her blood got infected and while they were trying to pump her heart, her liver burst,” said friend Drita Protopapa. “Suely had to be rushed by lifeflight to Tufts in Boston, where she had another heart attack and a severe stroke. The doctors did everything they could to save her, but she did not survive.”

Now Gerson, Suely’s husband, is left to care for Anthony, 11, and Adam born on Monday, Feb. 27.

Protopapa today, Feb. 28, started a YouCaring fund to help cover immediate funeral and burial expenses, but also to “provide a fund that will help Anthony and Adam as they grow and their needs change.”

Here is a link if you would like to help.

The goal is to raise $150,000.

In less than 8 hours, more than 220 people have raised $11,000-plus.

Suely was a “positive, optimistic, youthful and fun loving person,” said Protopapa.

“Her motto was always “family first,” said Protopapa, who met Suely two years ago when their son started playing soccer together.

“Anthony was her “pride and joy and she did everything to provide a wonderful, loving home and full life for him. There were no bad times for Suely and she was quick to jump in the car and go, go, go,” said Protopapa, who said she became “friends immediately” with Suely.

“I found her smile infectious and her good heartedness refreshing,” she said.

Her oldest son Anthony is a fifth grader at Potter Road Elementary.

Click here for calling hours and the graveside service.


Updated to fix age and add funeral arrangements.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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