All Erica Morales wanted was to be a mother. Sadly, the 36-year-old woman died right after she gave birth.
After endlessly trying to have a child with her husband, Carlos, naturally, the pair decided to undergo IVF treatments. It worked, and the 36-year-old became pregnant -- with quadruplets.
On Thursday, Morales delivered three daughters and a son -- Paisley, Tracy, Erica and Carlos Jr. -- in Phoenix, Ariz., one month before her due date. She passed away just hours later.
Two days before she delivered, Erica went to the hospital with a swollen foot. She was hospitalized for her blood pressure, which was 190/90. (It is still unclear what led to her passing.)
Despite the difficult situation, her spirits were high and she even updated her Facebook to keep her loved ones informed.
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She wrote: "He [the doctor] said I have to get admitted until delivery. It's been down lower today but it's too late. He will keep me and he ordered some labs.
"He will push deliver up or stall it to to 34 weeks. I'm 31 tomorrow. He said I did phenomenal. A poster child for quads. He wish they could all go this way but this last part we have to do it carefully because u can stroke out with bad blood pressure. I'm sure I won't but he looking at how to finish things."
Once she knew it would be a premature birth, she wrote, "I always want more but sometimes you just have to sit back and thank God for blessing up to this point and put it fully in his hands. Thanks for the prayers and everything else."
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Since her passing, thousands have reached out to Erica's husband and their family.
Nicole Todman, the woman's cousin, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the newborns.
"The expense of raising 4 children alone is quite daunting for any middle class family now the with the loss of Erica's income her husband will need all the help he can get," Todman wrote on the page.
"This is an extremely emotional time, Erica's passing is tramatic and my goal is to help ease the financial worry as much as possible so every dollar helps if it's $1 or $1000 it will all be used to provide for the beautiful babies Erica fought so hard to have and in the end gave her life for."
So far, she's reached $66,000 of her $100,000 goal. To donate, please click here.
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