Just hours after giving birth to the quadruplets she reportedly tried so hard to conceive, Arizona woman Erica Morales died without having the chance to enjoy a single moment of motherhood, a Phoenix news outlet reports.
“She never got to hold them, she never got to see them,” Nicole Todman, Erica’s cousin and best friend, told FOX 10 News in Phoenix. “It is so hard to know she fought so hard for her children. She will never get to brush their hair, hold their hand, watch them get married, none of that will ever happen for her.”
Morales, a real-estate agent, reportedly gave birth to four healthy babies – three girls and one boy – on Thursday at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, and the family is not disclosing what led to Morales’s death, reports the news outlet.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the hospital said: “Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family during this very difficult time.”
Todman told Fox News 10 Morales conceived with the help of doctors, and she and husband Carlos were so excited to finally achieve their dream of parenthood.
“This is all they wanted, to have this family, to make their family complete. It’s like that fairy-tale story,” said Todman.
Todman has set up a GoFundMe account to help Morales’s husband and the four newborns, reportedly named Carlos Jr., Paisley, Tracy and Erica.
“We’ll have to remember her, we’ll have to tell her kids who she was,” Todman also told the news station. “We’ll have to make sure they know how wonderful a person she was, how loving and how much she wanted them, and how much she loved them.”