The sister of a woman who died while giving birth has paid a heart-breaking tribute to the "bubbly, amazing and outgoing" 36-year-old.

Leyla Lliff, a mum-of-five died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on February 19 last year despite the efforts of doctors and surgeons to save her life.

The inquest into her death, held at Inner South London Coroner's Court on May 26, heard how she bled to death following complications from a planned lower caesarean section for a major placenta previa, where a baby’s placenta covers the mother’s cervix.

The doctors were able to save her baby, My London reports.

Kim Wales is the sister-in-law of Leyla, who is from Erith in South East London, and calls her sister, such was the closeness of their relationship.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, south-east London

She described the "devastating" moment she had to say goodbye to Leyla along with her children.

Kim said: "She was an amazing mum and an amazing person. It was a massive shock. I was there with her children saying goodbye to her. It was devastating. It all happened so quickly.

"She was a bubbly, outgoing person. She was a big girl and that never stopped her. She was never rude, kept herself to herself and focused on being a mum that concentrated on her children.

"We always had her around here as I have eight children myself. She was just such a bubbly person. She was happy and looking forward to having another baby. Everyone likes her.

"She was a happy-go-lucky girl. No one could ever bring her down I will remember her as a loving girl. It was so hard to say goodbye that morning – she was only 36."

The opening of an inquest into Leyla's death heard she suffered a “catastrophic postpartum haemorrhage” following the caesarean - a rare complication where a mother bleeds heavily after birth.

Leyla underwent a hysterectomy under the watch of both specialist general vascular and obstetric surgeons to control the bleeding, but she sadly died a short time later.

Assistant Coroner Dr Julian Morris told the court that the cause of death was 1A hypovolemic shock, 1B postpartum haemorrhage and 1C placenta accreta and increta and traumatic pregnancy.

Caesarean section and placenta previa were also listed.

Kim added she misses "the smiles, laughs and fun" she used to share with her sister and, two years on, the opening of the inquest has brought the memories back to the fore.

She said: "She was an amazing person and we miss her so much. You never expect to go into hospital and never walk back out. One minute she was fine and the next she was not.

"She didn’t care what people thought of her. I miss that smile and having her around. It was so hard to tell her children. I miss the laughs, the smile and the fun – I miss all of it. It is just so sad. She left my house that evening a happy girl.

"I just want her to be remembered as an amazing mum and an amazing person."

Due to an ongoing backlog of cases owing to the coronavirus pandemic, a date for a full inquest into Leyla's death has not been set at this time.

It is expected it can take place towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2022.