MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A mother with Memphis ties died after giving birth to quadruplets, and the tragic story is drawing both attention and an outpouring of support.
Erica Morales was born in Memphis, and now her family and friends are mourning their loss. Morales died hours after giving birth, and never met the four babies she tried for years to have.
"She always wanted to be a mother and that mother's love is so strong to where she would give her life to those four babies," said Mary White.
Via FaceTime, Paisley, Erica, Carlos and Tracey met their family in Memphis as they celebrated the life of their mother, Erica.
"Her purpose was to be put here to have those children, to have those children, to be an angel to guide them to watch them," said Christina. "This is a tragedy."
And it's a tragedy that's eerily familiar for the family. Twenty-one years ago, Erica's brother Tracy also died. His girlfriend was pregnant at the time.
"So he never got to meet his daughter, his daughter never got to meet her father and history is now repeating itself," added Christina.
The Todman's have now started a GoFundMe account to help Erica's husband Carlos with expenses. So far — more than $80,000 has been raised.
The infants will likely remain hospitalized for a couple of months. Born underweight and premature, doctors are trying to help them to get stronger and healthier.