A U.K. soldier who had recently returned from Colombia has died after suffering a cardiac arrest while caring for his pregnant wife, The Daily Mail reported.
The soldier was a reservist and was based in the city of Girona, where he had been stationed since 2014, The Mail said.
He had been working as a paramedic at the hospital in the capital Bogota when he suddenly lost consciousness, the paper said.
The couple was rushed to the hospital where the soldier’s heart stopped, the Mail reported, adding that the baby had a blood clot in the left ventricle.
He was declared brain dead on Monday.
The Mail reported that the soldier was from the U.N. Reserves.
The Post said the soldier had been living with his wife and their child in Colombia and was a father to a child.
Foreign Office in London said it was deeply saddened by the news of the soldier and his family.
“The family are understandably distraught and their thoughts are with the family at this difficult time,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Colombian media said the couple had been caring for their daughter when they became ill.
Colombia is one of the world’s most dangerous places for parents to raise children, according to U.A.E. figures, with a high rate of maternal deaths, infant deaths, and congenital malformations.
Colombia has one of Colombia’s highest maternal death rates, and the country has also seen a dramatic rise in infant mortality and a surge in maternal and child mortality.
In 2014, Colombia recorded a total of 15,739 maternal deaths and 6,814 infant deaths.