Monday, March 2

The death of a mother of quadruplets leaves father taking care of four babies

It was supposed to be the happiest moment of their lives. Carlos Morales kissed his wife Erica and told her he loved her just minutes before she delivered their quadruplets. 

Tragically, it would be the last time he would ever see her alive, Morales tells PEOPLE. 

Pregnant with four babies conceived through IVF, Erica, 36, went into labor at seven months on Jan. 15. Doctors prepared to deliver the babies by C-section. 

"We were so excited to start our family," Carlos, 29, who works in manufacturing in Phoenix, Arizona, says. "And then it all came crashing down." 

All four babies – three girls, one boy – were safely delivered. But Erica went into hypovolemic shock, an emergency condition where one experiences a severe amount of blood loss. She died at 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 16, before she even had a chance to hold her newborns in her arms. 

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