Mother of 5 dies shortly after giving birth

REDDING, Calif. - A Redding woman died Tuesday after giving birth to a baby boy, leaving her other four children without a mother, or a home.

The baby boy was named Heath Romeo Dopp after his mother Heather, who gave birth in her home on Railroad Avenue.

Heath's family gave him his first name, most of them unaware the mother was even pregnant, until after she died.

Heather Dopp had no insurance.

Dopp had five children, including Heath.

One of Heath's older brothers and sisters, Rahtavian Lawson, is on Shasta High School's freshman basketball team.

Shasta High held a fundraiser for the family at a basketball game Friday night.

Two of Dopp's three daughters attend Sequoia Middle School; the third goes to Cypress Elementary.

Sequoia School's Assistant Principal Will Barnett said Heather set the bar high for her children.

"Heather's just been an incredible mother. She pushed them to reach their maximum  in whatever they did, whether it was academics, or athletics, or music. She was just a rock for them. The kids responded in kind by becoming really wonderful people."

Heather's sister Jodi Shearman plans to adopt baby Heath.

"I can't put it into words. It's surreal. It's horrific. I have a very strong faith so I know good's gonna come from it, but we're in the moment so I have to wait for that part to come. It's surreal," said Sherman.

The Heather M. Dopp Memorial Fund has been set up at Tri Counties Bank. You can donate at any branch.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. in McLaughlin Auditorium at Sequoia School.

Everyone is welcome.

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