|Celebration: Carlos Morales of Phoenix, Arizona, celebrated his first Father's Day as a dad of quadruplets on Sunday|
A father whose wife died from labor complications shortly after giving birth to quadruplets celebrated first Father's Day as a dad on Sunday. Carlos Morales, of Phoenix, Arizona, brought home the quadruplets in March - two months after they were born premature. His wife, Erica, 36, died hours after she gave birth.
'Any time I walk out of my room, [I] walk around [and] make sure how many babies I got,' Morales told KSAZ. Morales said he knows his wife would have made Father's Day special, despite having four five-month-olds to take care of. 'She would be happy, dancing around trying to do something for me that I always thought don't do nothing for me another day,' he said.
The last time he saw his wife, who he says is the love of his life, was when he kissed her on the head and said he loved her before going into labor at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital. But he now has a team of supporters to help him raise Tracy, Carlos Jr, Paisley and Erica.
|Ideal: Morales said that his 'perfect day' is spending time with his quadruplets, and he knows that if his wife was still alive, she would have made Father's Day special|
|Growing: Little Tracy, Paisley, Erica and Carlos Jr are now five months old, after being born a month premature in January|
|Rally behind: Since Erica Morales's death, family, friends and strangers have clubbed together to support the widower, who faces bringing the children up on his own|
|Newborn: The quadruplets were born in January, and hours after their birth Morales learned that he would be raising the children on his own|
Love of his life: Morales's wife, Erica, died from labor complications just hours after giving birth. She was never able to hold the children in her arms
|Hard work: Morales said the babies consume every hour of his day and that he always has to 'make sure how many babies I got'|
His mother-in-law Sondra Bridges lives with Morales full time, and other friends and family member have helped. 'He's a wonderful father,' Bridges told KSAZ. 'He's just the same as he would have been when she was here.' Morales added: 'I want them to know that I'm a regular guy looking out for them and make sure they feel special because they are special to me and they will always be special to me.'
The father said that his ideal day is spending time with his children. 'Stay over here all day and play with them… watch them cry and smile, yeah that's the perfect day for me,' said. 'This is my perfect day right here, all these four little ones.'
|Teamwork: Morale's mother-in-law, Sondra Bridges (right) lives with Morales full time and is helping him raise the four children|
|Loving: Bridges said that Morales is a 'wonderful father' and that he would be acting the same if Erica was still alive|
|Finally together: Because they were born premature, the four babies had to stay at the hospital after they were born. All four were finally home by March|
Since Erica Morales's death, family, friends and strangers have clubbed together to support the widower, who faces bringing the children up on his own. A GoFundMe page set up by family friend Nicole Todman has raised almost $470,000.
To donate to the Morales family click here.
- Daily Mail