A British mum, identified as Helen Rhodes unexpectedly passed away on a trip back to the UK in front of her husband and children.

Helen Rhodes

After residing in Hong Kong for 15 years, Helen Rhodes was eagerly returning home with her family on August 5 for a “new adventure.”

But after a few hours of the long journey, the mother was discovered to be unconscious after appearing to fall asleep.

Helen was unable to be resuscitated on board the aircraft.

Harrowingly, her devastated children had to sit next to their mum who had fallen into a “breathless sleep” for another eight hours.

She was cradled by her loved ones until the plane eventually landed in Frankfurt, Germany.

GoFundMe has been launched by Helen’s pal Jayne Jeje to fund the repatriation of her body as well as funeral costs.