Kiwi mum dies in Hawaii after giving birth to triplets

Hawaii, Children
Chervonne Magaoa's three new-born sons survived. Photo credit: GoFundMe

A Kiwi-born mother has died after giving birth to triplets in Hawaii.

Chervonne Magaoa, who was born in Hastings, was just days away from her due date when she went to Kapi'olani Medical Centre for Women for a weekly appointment last week.

However things didn't go to plan during her appointment, her father Bishop Hyran Smith told NZME the appointment went longer than normal before doctors told the family she'd need to have the babies that day.

"By 5.30pm, the babies were born [via C section]. Everything was fine and then she got a complication," he told NZME.

"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."

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to cover funeral expenses with excess funds being used to help her partner Martin, six-year-old son Tanner and their three new-born triplets.

In just two days more than NZD$54,000 has been raised for the family from 564 donors.


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