PHOENIX (AP) — A woman died hours after giving birth to quadruplets at an Arizona hospital, a close friend of the family said Saturday.
Erica Morales, 36, never got to hold her newborns before she passed away early Friday morning after a C-section surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Nicole Todman said.
Morales was about seven months into her pregnancy when she delivered three girls and one boy Thursday, according to Todman. She has been one of the few able to visit the premature newborns and said they are doing well.
The infants will likely remain hospitalised for the next two months while doctors help them to get stronger and each reach a goal weight of 2.25 million kilogrammes, Todman said.
Currently, they weigh between just above 900 grammes to just above 1.35 kilogrammes, she said.
Morales was initially hospitalised for high blood pressure. Complications ensued before Morales was taken into surgery, Todman said.
She does not know what led to her death.
Hospital spokeswoman Toni Eberhardt declined comment Saturday, but she released a statement from the hospital offering condolences.