An unimaginably difficult situation for a Valley father has led to an outpouring of generosity in the name of his late wife.
As of Saturday evening, nearly $320,000 has been raised for 29-year-old Carlos Morales, who was left to care for quadruplets on his own after his wife died shortly after childbirth in January.
Over 9,000 people have donated funds to assist Morales via a GoFundMe page created in the name of his wife, Erica.
The Morales quadruplets each weighed between two and three pounds when they were born Jan. 15, according to a story in People magazine.
But early the next morning, Erica went into hypovolemic shock — a result of severe blood loss — and passed away.
“I went from having the best day of my life to the next morning experiencing the worst day of my life,” Carlos told People. “My four babies came into the world and then my wife died.”
Carlos and Erica met nine years ago in Scottsdale and had to overcome a language barrier — “I didn’t speak any English and she didn’t speak any Spanish,” Carlos told People — but they were married a year later.
Along with the financial support, Carlos, who works in manufacturing in Phoenix, said his faith has helped carry him through this difficult time.
He knows when he held all four babies for the first time after they were born, Erica was looking down on her family from heaven. “She always used to do this happy dance and I know that right then and there she was doing it next to me,” he says.