A 29-year-old Phoenix man is raising his quadruplets after his wife died tragically last month after delivering the three girls and a boy she reportedly had worked hard to conceive, according to People magazine.
Carlos Morales told his wife, Erica, 36, that he loved her just minutes before she gave birth to quadruplets who were conceived through IVF. She went into labor at seven months, and doctors delivered the babies by cesarean section, the report says.
Erica Morales went into hypovolemic shock, a condition in which patients experience severe blood loss, the report says. She died at 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 16 before she even had a chance to hold her babies, who were safely delivered, writes People.
“We were so excited to start our family,” Morales, who works in manufacturing, said, according to People. “And then it all came crashing down.”
Every day he asks himself whether he could have done something to keep his wife alive. “I went from having the best day of my life to the next morning experiencing the worst day of my life,” Morales said, according to People. “My four babies came into the world and then my wife died.”
But through his grief, he has managed to care for the babies with help from family and friends. One friend, Nicole Todman, created a GoFundMe page where people can make contributions to help Morales, who will return to work.
Two of the newborns, Carlos Jr. and Tracey, are already home, while the others, Paisley and Erica, remain at the hospital. The father visits them daily and attends free baby-care classes offered at the hospital.
“Everything I do now is for my children,” said Morales, according to People. “Our family and friends have been very supportive, too.”
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