Pregnancy has a way of forever changing the way a woman views herself and the world around her.
Protecting her unborn baby becomes a mother’s highest priority, even when it means sacrificing a part of herself.
Charlene Flores, 27, desperately wanted to protect her unborn daughter, Quinn, from harm.
Even though it cost her everything, Flores chose to put her baby’s life above her own. Tragically, Flores passed away on Oct. 24 after delivering Quinn prematurely.
Flores, from Fresno, California, was a wife and mother to three daughters.
Her husband, Elesandro Flores, recalled the night his wife started experiencing contractions, too soon for the baby to be born.
Flores was in so much pain that she couldn’t sleep, and Elesandro took her to the hospital.
Always thinking of her children, Flores asked her husband to go home and make sure the older girls got to school. But later that day, Elesandro received a call from his wife, who urgently requested he come back to the hospital.
“She FaceTimes me and says, ‘I need you here right now,'” Elesandro told WABC-TV.
Flores was faced with a gut-wrenching dilemma: deliver Quinn now, even though the surgery was very high-risk since Flores had a heart condition, or lose her baby.
Flores was bleeding internally, and Quinn’s life was at risk.
To Flores, the decision was a no-brainer — she decided to risk the surgery and give Quinn a chance at life.
Elesandro will never forget the devastating news that his wife’s heart failed during surgery. Despite doing all they could, doctors couldn’t save the brave young mother.
Elesandro is now faced with raising four young daughters on his own, his youngest is expected to remain hospitalized for approximately one month.
Elesandro said his newborn is getting stronger every day, but he is heartbroken over the loss of his wife.
He and his daughters are relying on one another to get through this incredibly painful season.
“I told my kids, you’re (an) extension of your mother,” Flores said. “You guys are women, and you guys are going to be my life.”
The family has a GoFundMe account set up to offset expenses during this painful time and has received an outpouring of support and condolences from community members.
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