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Arizona Mom Dies After Giving Birth to Quadruplets

One of the quadruplet babies/Nicole Todman

The Short of It

The Morales quadruplets of Phoenix, Ariz., now have an angel watching over them. Their mom, Erica, who desperately wanted to have children, passed away this weekend, right after giving birth.

The Lowdown

Morales and her husband had tried for years to conceive. The 36-year-old even suffered a miscarriage before getting pregnant with three girls and a boy with the help of fertility treatments.

"Her focus of her pregnancy was to make sure she did everything to make sure they were healthy so she was able to bring them into this world—and she did," family friend Nicole Todman said to Yahoo News.

But when Morales was admitted to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center for high blood pressure around seven months into her pregnancy, things went downhill quickly. She went into surgery to deliver her quadruplets but didn't survive. The exact cause of her death is still unknown. Heartbreakingly, the mom never even got to see, or hold, her babies.

The babies on the other hand, who weigh between 2 and 3 pounds, are healthy and being closely monitored by hospital staff.

"They're beautiful," Todman said.

The Upshot

If you want to help Morales' family during this extremely difficult and emotional time, you can visit the GoFundMe page that has been set up in Erica's honor. To date, the fundraising site has raised over $102,000.

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