Charitable support is pouring in following the death of a Phoenix woman who died after giving birth to quadruplets. A Go Fund Me page has now exceeded $27,000 after being up for just one day. More than 900 people have donated to help ease the family’s financial burden.
Erica Morales, 36, gave birth to three girls and a boy via C-section at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix Thursday and died early Friday, having never met her children, Nicole Todman, a family friend told the Washington Post Saturday.
Morales, who conceived through in vitro fertilization, suffered from high blood pressure during her pregnancy and delivered at about seven months. A prior pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
All four babies are stable and healthy, but will likely remain in the hospital for at least two months to enable them to gain weight. The babies weigh two to three pounds each, Todman said.
Morales worked as a real estate agent. Her husband, Carlos, works in manufacturing, the Post said.
Excited about her quadruplets, Morales shared pregnancy updates on Facebook and did her best to be healthy. Among her updates, she discussed her doctor calling her "A poster child for quads," Reuters reported. Other posts included details about her baby shower in December and when she was hospitalized at 31 weeks due to her high blood pressure.
Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix declined to give details on Morales’ cause of death because of patient privacy laws. “Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family during this very difficult time,” hospital spokeswoman Toni Eberhardt said in a statement.
Morales’ family hopes to raise $50,000 on the Go Fund Me page. Donations can be made here.