*Carlos Morales had every reason to be elated at the birth of his four babies. After all, he and his wife Erica had been trying, but had already had a miscarriage before they went through invitro fertilization . and conceived their four little ones — three girls, one boy, according to People. “We couldn’t have been more excited to finally have a baby,” Carlos, 29, told the magazine this week.
But the couple’s joy was short-lived and took a tragic turn after Erica Morales, 36, delivered the four babies and died early the next morning.
Erica had a C-section following a seven month pregnancy. After delivering four healthy babies, she went into hypovolemic shock, and had severe blood loss, and died a few hours after her children were born. “I went from having the best day of my life to the next morning experiencing the worst day of my life,” Carlos said in his first interview since Erica’s death. “My four babies came into the world and then my wife died.”
The Phoenix, Arizona dad now cares for Carlos Jr., Tracey, Paisley, and Erica on his own, and he credits the support of friends and family for helping him get through. Carlos Jr. and Tracey came home a month after their January 15th birth, and Paisley and Erica are still in the hospital. Carlos certainly has his hands full, but is embracing fatherhood in every way – including taking parenting classes. “I’m learning everything from how to give them a bath, CPR, feeding, and how to manage their sleep schedule,” he said. “I need to be prepared.”
Erica may have only had a short time with her babies, but she left them and her husband something very special. On her iPad notebook, Carlos found her dreams and wishes for the children. A road map, so to speak. She wants them to be bilingual – to learn English and Spanish; go to college and get good jobs.
“I will try my hardest to make sure that happens,” Carlos responds.
According to the Daily News, a GoFundMe page was set up by family friend Nicole Todman, as of Monday more than 7,000 donors had contributed over 277,000.