Erica Morales, 36, never got to hold her babies before she died after undergoing a Caesarian section at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre in Phoenix, Arizona.
“They were transporting her from the surgery to whatever room, and she was still unconscious at that point. So, no, she never got to see them,” her best friend Nicole Todman said.
Estate agent Mrs Morales was about seven months into her pregnancy when she delivered three girls and a boy. Ms Todman, one of the few able to visit the babies, said they are doing well.
The babies will probably remain in hospital for the next two months while doctors help them get stronger and reach a goal weight of 5lbs. Currently, they weigh between just over 2lbs to just above 3lbs.
Mrs Morales was initially admitted to hospital for high blood pressure and complications ensued before she was taken into the operating theatre, Ms Todman said.
The cause of her death has not been released. Hospital spokeswoman Toni Eberhardt released a statement from the hospital saying: “Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family during this very difficult time.”
Mrs Morales and her husband Carlos had been trying for a baby for two years, Ms Todman said. She said Mrs Morales tried everything from acupuncture to fertility treatments and suffered a miscarriage before becoming pregnant last June.
Ms Todman, who has been best friends with Mrs Morales since childhood, said she was more nervous about being a new mother than raising four children at once.
“Her focus of her pregnancy was to make sure she did everything to make sure they were healthy so she was able to bring them into this world — and she did,” Ms Todman said.
Ms Todman started a GoFundMe fund-raising website for Mr Morales and the infants on Friday. It has already received more than $15,000 dollars (€12,000) in donations.