Donations pour in for Phoenix newborn quadruplets after mom dies

Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:14pm EST
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(Reuters) - Thousands of dollars of donations have poured in from around the world to help pay for the care for newborn quadruplets of a Phoenix mother who died after giving birth to them, a fundraising website set up in the woman's name announced on Saturday.

The story of Erica Morales drew international attention when the 36-year-old died shortly after giving birth to three girls and a boy on Thursday, according to a report on television station KSAZ in Phoenix.

"She never got to hold them; she never got to see them," Morales' cousin, Nicole Todman, told the station. "It is so hard to know she fought so hard for her children."

After years of trying and finally getting pregnant with the help of doctors, Morales, a real estate agent, died at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, leaving behind her husband, Carlos, according to Todman.

Todman set up a page, "Erica's Memorial Fund" on Friday to raise money for the family.

In the first day after the page was set up, it was shared through social media more than 17,000 times, and about $19,000 had been raised from more than 600 donors.

The goal of the page is to raise $50,000 to help the family.

Todman was not available to comment on Saturday afternoon.

Hospital officials released a statement on Saturday expressing condolences for the family but declined to provide any cause of death, or condition of the quadruplets, citing patient privacy laws.   Continued...