A heartbreaking image of triplets dressed in traditional Maori cloaks, sitting by a headstone surrounded by flowers is going viral.

The headstone is their mother, Chervonne Magaoa, who passed away shortly after giving birth to the three boys.

The 34-year-old suffered an amniotic fluid embolism during the birth – where fluid, cells or other debris enters the mother’s bloodstream – and passed away shortly after.

The shared celebration of the boys’ life and the anniversary of Chervonne’s death is a bittersweet occasion for father and husband Martin Magaoa.

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Aayden Kahiau, Blaise Taofimau and Carson Rawiri, just celebrated their first birthday.

“I miss everything about her,” Martin told Yahoo7, explaining he did not want to keep the occasions separate but wanted to combine them both as a celebration of life.

“As hard as it was, I wanted to celebrate her life and boys’ birthday on that special day, August 31st, to honour her by celebrating with her at her final resting place.”

“Every day I see their mother in them,” Martin said.

“They are thriving, healthy and growing full of laughter and joy.”

Such a bittersweet time for the family.

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  • So sad – but at least dad is keeping their mum alive for them in the only way he knows how.


  • Such a sad story. One thing I’m sure of is that they may not meet their Mother but she will live on in their hearts. I’m sure their Dad and the rest of the family will keep her memory alive for them too. Happy Birthday Aayden, Blaise and Carson.


  • Poor thing, the boys will never know their mother who gave the ultimate sacrifice to give them life.


  • This is so heartbreaking. Such a tragedy.


  • Aw bless ! I can understand the desire to celebrate who mum was on the birthday of the triplets. It goes hand in hand and is hard to separate.
    Hope dad has lots of help and support !


  • So sad for the babies who will never know their mumma


  • Such a beautiful photo


  • How sad for the family, but those boys will grow up knowing who their mum was 100% and the dad is doing a great job


  • He is doing a beautiful job of raising them by the sounds of this.


  • This is very bitter sweet but a beautiful photo.


  • A tragic loss of life of a Mother and Husband.
    It would have been a combination of heartbreak and joy on the triplets 1st birthday and will be every year for the whole family.


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