Mom dies from rare complication while delivering triplets

Mom dies from rare complication while delivering triplets
From Global News - September 5, 2017

Chervonne Magaoa leaves behind four boys.

The 34-year-old mother from Hawaii,recently passed away while giving birth to triplet boys last week, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Magaoa, who was at a routine check-up at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, was advised to have an emergency C-section. During the procedure, Magaoa suffered from an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)a rare birth complication that affects one in 40,000 deliveries in North America, the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation notes.

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Speaking with the New Zealand Herald, Magaoas father Bishop Hyran Smith said he took Magaoa to the hospital that day because her husband was at work.

Usually, the appointment takes 30 minutes. But it ended up being longer, he said. By 5:30 p.m., the babies were born. Everything was fine and then she got a complication.

That day Magaoa gave birth to Aayden, Blaise, and Carson.

The rare and fatal complication

AFE isunpreventable, unpredictable and often-fatal, the AFE Foundation notes. Its an allergic-like reaction when amniotic fluid (the fluid that is around the baby when it is in the uterus) enters the mothers bloodstream. The site notes this fluid and other fetal debris can enter into the circulatory system at any given time, but not all women have the same fatal reaction.

The reaction results in rapid respiratory failure and cardiac arrest, followed by bleeding at the placental attachment or Cesarean incision. Most fatalities occurwith respiratory failure, the site adds.

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Miranda Klassen, executive director of the AFE Foundation, says many families do not know about this pregnancy complication because of how rare it is.

It is not found in any of the what to expect when expecting when it comes to birth complications, she tells Global News, adding stories like these also scare women.When we have a situation like this, it is [better] for women to know about it. We want to provide awareness.

She adds while there is no way to prepare for AFE or to avoid it, pregnant mothers who want to understand more about the complication should talk to their doctors about facilities, for example, that can cater to these needs.

The aftermath of AFE

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