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Infant of surgeon who died in childbirth also dies

Nikki Shoemake-Patterson
Nikki Shoemake-Patterson

The newborn daughter of a beloved Starkville physician died Wednesday, one week after her mother died during childbirth.

Aubrey Caroline Patterson had been taken to Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson shortly after her mother, Dr. Nikki Shoemake-Patterson, 40, died June 1 at the OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville.

Aubrey's name appeared in Patterson's obituary online later Wednesday night.

"Aubrey Caroline was surrounded by family as she peacefully passed into her mother's arms in heaven on Wednesday, June 8, 2016," part of the notice read.

The tragic story made national headlines and sparked an outpouring of support and prayers for the family.

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