A Hawaiian father unexpectedly was widowed last week and left alone to care for four young sons.
Wife and mother Chervonne Magaoa, 34, died of a rare pregnancy complication on Thursday after giving birth to triplets, according to the Daily Mail.
The triplets, who will never know their mother, are doing well in the hospital, the family said.
Friends described Chervonne as “fiercely devoted” to her family. According to the report, she and her husband, Martin, struggled to conceive after having their 6-year-old son, Tanner. Chervonne underwent in vitro fertilization and became pregnant with the triplets early this year.
On Thursday, doctors at the Kapl’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii had Chervonne scheduled for an emergency cesarean section; the reasons were not explained in the reports.
Doctors said the operation went well, and the three boys were born healthy. But something went wrong with Chervonne.
“By 5.30pm, the babies were born,” her father, Bishop Hyran, told the local news. “Everything was fine and then she got a complication. She had an amniotic fluid embolism and that 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.”
The Magaoas’ newborn sons Aayden, Blaise and Carson were born weighing about 4 pounds each. The premature triplets are still in the hospital as they continue to develop, but they are progressing well, according to the family.
Grieving the unexpected loss of his wife, Martin posted this tribute on Facebook over the weekend:
“This is for you, my sweet babe. Your three baby boys are healthy and progressing as each day goes by. You would have been so proud to see and hold your treasures truly gifted from God. Your sacrifice and love for them is amazing. Your life lives on in them. Love you, Mommy. Aayden, Blaise and Carson.”
Friends set up a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for funeral expenses and the cost of raising the boys.