The pain of losing a baby's mother after childbirth is one that many men hope never to experience. But unfortunately, it is inevitable for some, and taking care of the newborn alone is even more difficult. This story proved this fact to be actual.
To date, childbirth is considered one of the most painful experiences, yet the joy of a mother cannot be quantified after her baby is born.
Unfortunately, many women go into the labor room healthy, and during the process of childbirth, they develop complications that lead to their deaths.
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Sometimes, the causes of these complications are not identified, and other times, they are but are identified too late to be rectified.
Whatever the case, the death of a woman during or after delivery is a tragedy for her family and society as a whole. It leaves an unprepared partner or father with the burden of losing his child's mother and taking care of the newly born.
This unfortunate experience was the case of the father of four, Martin Magaoa. He was left to fend for his newly born triplets after his wife developed a complication after childbirth and passed away. Let's take a look at the full details of this emotional story.
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CHERVONNE'S BACKGROUND STORY
Chervonne Magaoa, a New Zealand-born 34-year-old, and her husband, Martin Magaoa, first encountered each other while studying at the Brigham Young University, the Hawaiian Campus.
After dating for a while, the lovebirds tied the knot in 2007. After their wedding, Chervonne and Martin struggled with fertility issues, but thankfully, they welcomed a son, Tanner.
As time progressed, the couple desired to give their son a sibling and opted for IVF. In due time, the woman took in, and the lovebirds were glad to find out they were expecting triplets.
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Every week, Chervonne would visit the Kapi'olani Medical Centre for Women and Children for her check-up. Everything appeared to be going on well until August 2017.
That fateful Thursday, the pregnant woman's father, Bishop Hyran Smith, had dropped her off at the hospital for a weekly check-up, as her husband was busy with work. It was a week before Chervonne's due date on September 6.
INSIDE CHERVONNE'S CHILDBIRTH/DEATH
Like every routine pre-birth appointment, Smith explained that it started typically but eventually took a negative turn. Then, recalling the experience, the bishop confessed: "Usually, the appointment takes 30 minutes. But it ended up being longer."
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After the medical practitioners finished the check-up, they informed Chervonne and her father that the former would need to undergo emergency childbirth that day.
The expectant mother was stunned by the change of plans and pleaded with Smith to inform her husband and pick up six-year-old Tanner from school.
The bishop dashed out of the hospital without hesitation while Chervonne went into the theatre for a cesarean section. The surgery was done, and by 5:30 p.m. that evening, the Hawaiian-raised woman welcomed her three sons.
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Everything seemed okay until Chervonne developed a severe complication. Smith explained the unfortunate occurrence thus:
"She had an amniotic fluid embolism, which was her cause of death. The doctor said statistics-wise, it only happens to one in 100,000 [women], so it was a rare event."
This phenomenon describes a situation when amniotic fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus, containing hair, urine, cells, and secretion from the baby, enters the mother's bloodstream. It can lead to uncontrollable bleeding and heart failure.
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Unfortunately, this was Chervonne's predicament, and none of her family members were around to say their goodbyes.
According to Smith, he found out after returning to the hospital and seeing his daughter-in-law, who had arrived before him, in tears. It was a devastating time for him and his family. He explained:
"She was very healthy, and she really wanted those babies. She had to keep her feet up, she had to eat good. She had everything lined up for the babies; she even had dressers with their names on them."
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MARTIN AND HIS SONS RECEIVE HELP
Following Chervonne's death, close family and friends began preparations for a funeral. To help with the cost, they launched a GoFundMe page with a $50,000 goal. Family friends Billy Racule and Jan Lesuma wrote:
"Everyone that knows Chervonne can attest to her witty humor, her true friendship, and her fierce love and devotion to her family. We ask that you please donate to help Chervonne's family at this truly devastating time. Funds will be used to cover these unexpected funeral expenses."
They also noted that any spare cash after the funeral would aid Martin and his four boys, alongside other members of Chervonne's family, to cope with life.
In three days, well-meaning individuals contributed $47,667. By October 2018, a thousand two hundred people had contributed $73,867. The donors also left heartwarming messages for the grieving family and sent prayers.
COPING WITH CHERVONNE'S ABSENCE
In January 2018, Martin opened up about his wife's death for the first time since her passing. He revealed that he had not been alone, as family and friends came around to care for the triplets, Aayden, Blaise, and Carson.
However, Martin emotionally confessed that sometimes, he would think about his wife's death, as it was still fresh in his memory. Nevertheless, his first son, Tanner, remained a constant source of strength and comfort.
Although Tanner seemed strong, Martin made it known that there were times he would ask about his mom. Then, the grieving dad would take his son to Chervonne's grave, and little Tanner understood his mom would not return.
As little as Tanner was, he had to be strong for his father and little brothers. Regarding the triplets, Martin noted that 50 volunteers signed up to care for them. They would take shifts beginning from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m.
Martin's father-in-law explained that the volunteers were members of his church congregation, the local Maori community, extended family, and friends. They would "scrub up, feed the babies, change their diapers, swaddle them up, and put them to sleep when they arrived."
Despite losing Chervonne, the family was grateful for the love and support. To them, it meant a lot that there were people who loved them and were willing to care for the babies.
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