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about her kids with Emma,’’ her sister, Fortchyne Hughes said.
Emma Hughes’ diagnosis came shortly after she fell pregnant with Christian. She got to enjoy some time at home with her daughter before being referred to the hospice.
Fortchyne said the hospice did everything to make the mum’s last days meaningful and welcomed the Hughes’ large whanau.
That included taking pictures of Emma with Christian and her extended family, and getting a biographer to record her life story. The hospice also arranged for a tattooist to ink Christian’s name on Emma’s arm, alongside her six other children.
Fortchyne said her big sister was a real character who enjoyed life.
‘‘She was hard case, I can tell you that. Hard case alright. She left seven kids all under the age of 11.’’