Woman dies after C-section which delivered quadruplets

Nowadays, it isn't unusual to hear about an expecting mother in Houston receiving news that she will welcome more than one bundle of joy. Twins, triplets and even quadruplets used to be a rarity but now rarely make headlines. Most of the time, these pregnancies proceed as planned, but frequently require more vigilant monitoring to avoid pregnancy-related injuries. Unfortunately, an unexpected tragedy recently made the news after an Arizona woman died subsequent to giving birth to quadruplets.

The 36-year-old woman passed away earlier this month, just a few hours after a C-section which delivered one boy and a trio of girls. The mother-to-be was initially in the hospital due to high blood pressure; she was only seven months into her pregnancy when the babies were delivered. Complications arose, however, and it was not immediately clear what specifically caused the woman's death.

All four newborns weigh just a few pounds and are expected to remain in the hospital for at least two months. According to the deceased woman's friend, the expectant mom had been trying to conceive for some time, and was trying to do everything right regarding her pregnancy. The friend has since initiated a fund raising site for the deceased woman's husband and children. The site has already brought in more than $30,000 for the family.

The sudden, unanticipated death of a person in the prime of life can bring more than just emotional devastation. A family must cope with loss of income, loss of a parent to care for children, the absence of companionship and so much more. In addition, a family will also have to cope with the inevitable question of what happened and why. In the case of a pregnant woman's death, the family may wonder if any fatal injury was preventable, or if negligent monitoring of a difficult pregnancy contributed to the situation. In any case, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help a grieving family get to the root of their loved one's loss and understand how to hold any potentially negligent parties accountable.

Source: CBS News, "Phoenix woman dies after giving birth to quadruplets," Jan. 17, 2015