Fresno mother dies after giving birth to child
FRESNO, Ca., —
The father of a new born baby is now speaking out just a week after his wife died after giving birth.
Over the past decade, Elesandro and Charlene Flores have had four children together.
The newest member is Quinn born just days ago. She was born prematurely and is now in the NICU at Community Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately her mother 27-year-old Charlene didn't make it.
"They ultimately told her, you have a 50/50 percent chance of living if you have this baby. So you want to go through with that? She said yes," said Flores.
Elesandro says his wife had a pre-existing heart condition and she had been in and out of the hospital for years.
He says she was in labor when doctors discovered she was bleeding internally. In order to save the baby he says, doctors said they would need to do an emergency C-section.
"She sacrificed her life for my daughter and I am forever grateful for that," Flores.
He's now planning for her funeral.
"I still need to stay strong until she is laid to rest," said Elesandro.
Elesandro says he continues working hard at both Denny's where he's a server and at other jobs.
"I don't take any weekends off nothing. I am at that job," said Flores.
Recognizing his work ethic officials at Denny's have extended its resources to host an event to help cover costs. Elesandro says he's grieving the loss of his wife but providing for his family is still his utmost priority.
"Having that mind set of working for my family. She is still here with me. My kids are here and I am still doing that. I am doing my park as a husband and father," Flores.
Denny's on Parkway near Highway 99 in Fresno is hosting a fundraising event for the family Monday at 4 PM. Restaurant officials say 20 percent of all sales will go towards funeral expenses and medical needs for the child.
Charlene's funeral service is scheduled for this Saturday. To help the Flores family by making a donation on their GoFundMe here.