March 2, 2015 ‐ By Veronica Wells
Erica Morales and her husband Carlos, had been trying for years to have children. So the day that Erica was set to deliver quadruplets, the couple was ecstatic. It was, as Carlos described, the happiest moment of their lives, until it wasn’t anymore.
Sadly, hours after Erica gave birth to their four children, she passed away.
Pregnant with quadruplets conceived through IVF, 36-year-old Erica went into labor 2 months prematurely, on January 15. Doctors delivered the babies through C-section.
Carlos, 29, said the Arizona-based couple “were so excited to start our family and then it all came crashing down.”
After the four babies were delivered, Erica went into hypovolemic shock, a condition that is characterized by a severe loss of blood. She died at 1:50 a.m.. on January 16 before she even had a chance to hold her children.
Before Erica went into surgery to deliver, the couple discussed names. Carlos Jr. for the boy, Tracey and Paisley for the two girls and Erica told Carlos that they would chose a name for the last daughter after she was born.
Between nurses, doctors, family and friends, there were 24 people were in the deliver room when the quadruplets entered the world. Each weighing between 2-3 pounds.
Carlos was elated.
“I forgot about how expensive it was going to be to raise four kids or how hard it might be. Seeing Erica and the babies healthy is all I could think about. I was just so excited for our future.”