Following the birth of their first child, Chervonne and Martin Magaoa struggled to have a second baby. After years of trying, Chervonne finally fell pregnant with the help of in vitro fertilization, reports Hawaii News Now.

Not only had the couple conceived a second child, but their third and fourth ones as well. The 34-year-old was pregnant was triplets.


According to Martin, the arrival of the three babies was the only thing on Chervonne’s mind, as he told Hawaii News Now:

“She was so excited for the babies to come out. She couldn’t wait. That’s all she ever talked about.”

Chervonne’s father, Bishop Hyland Smith, recounted his daughter’s anticipation as she got the house ready for the triplet’s arrival, telling the New Zealand Herald:

“She had everything lined up for the babies, she even had dressers with their names on them.”

One week before her September 6, 2017, due date, Chervonne went in for a routine appointment when doctors advised her to deliver the babies immediately, reports the New Zealand Herald. Chervonne underwent an emergency C-section, when there was a “complication” a short time later.

Smith said:

“By 5:30 p.m., the babies were born. Everything was fine and then she got a complication.”

Martin told Hawaii News Now his wife suddenly went unconscious:

“The first thing I heard was ‘Oh wake up Chervonne, wake up.’ I just knew something is not right. Something terrible is happening.”

Chervonne suffered an amniotic fluid embolism, an allergic-like reaction to amniotic fluid entering the circulatory system, according to the Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Foundation. AFE is “an unpreventable, unpredictable and often-fatal complication of pregnancy.”

Symptoms and signs of AFE can include shortness of breath, agitation, anxiety, and nausea, which can lead to seizure, cardiac arrest, and coma, according to the foundation.

AFE can occur during labor, C-section, abnormal vaginal delivery, during the second trimester, and up to 48 hours after delivery, according to the Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology. The condition can also occur during abortion, following abdominal trauma, and during amnio-infusion.

Doctors don’t fully understand the cause of AFE, as Dearly previously reported. Although the maternal prognosis is “very poor” following AFE, infant survival rate is approximately 70 percent, reports the journal.

Chervonne’s babies were born healthy but hours after delivery, their mother was pronounced dead.

Martin is now left to care for the couple’s four children, Aayden, Blaise, Carson, and six-year-old Tanner, without their mother.


Martin explained to the New Zealand Herald family and friends have rallied around the single father to help care for the newborns since his wife’s passing.

The Daily Mail reports upward of 50 volunteers have come to help the Magaoa family, keeping a daily schedule of shifts from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Chervonne’s father reportedly said: “They are all grandmothers and mothers and when they come in, we have them scrub up, feed the babies, change diapers, swaddle them up and put them down.”


Martin told the New Zealand Herald his schedule raising his four boys keeps the family busy, a distraction from the loss of Chervonne. “Everything’s still kind of fresh,” he said. “There are days where, you know…”

A post on GoFundMe to help the family with expenses describes Chervonne as a fiercely devoted mother:

“Everyone that knows Chervonne can attest to her witty humor, her true friendship and her fierce love and devotion to her family,” the post states.

Chervonne’s father said although it takes a village to raise a child, his family will need more. As he told Hawaii News Now: “They say it takes a village to raise a child but we need more than a village.”

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