Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
This photo provided by Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. shows Deonee, one of five quintuplets born Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Mesa, Ariz. Evonne Derrico, 33, her two newborn boys and three baby girls were recovering Wednesday at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. The babies were born Friday morning, all delivered between 11:17 and 11:21. In keeping with family tradition, the babies' names all start with the letter "D." Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten each weigh less than 3 pounds and were being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit. They're joining an already-full house that included the Derricos' 7-year-old daughter, a 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys. The family of 11 will have to make some adjustments. The babies are expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks, but the family plans to return to Las Vegas after they are discharged. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Banner Desert Medical Center)
Vegas mom gives birth to healthy quintuplets
First Published Sep 11 2013 05:56 pm • Last Updated Sep 11 2013 08:13 pm

Phoenix • A Las Vegas mother is resting Wednesday after delivering a healthy set of quintuplets in a suburban Phoenix hospital, bringing five new additions to her family’s already full house.

Evonne Derrico, 33, gave birth to three girls and two boys after carrying the babies for eight months, about four weeks longer than the national average for quints.

Photos
Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten were being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit. Each infant weighs less than 3 pounds, but their father, Deon Derrico (duh-REE’-koh), said that all are healthy.

For he and his wife "to be blessed with this type of gift is just magnificent," he said.

The babies, born Friday morning, join the Derricos’ 7-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys. All of the children’s names begin with the letter "D."

He said the prospect of caring for such a large family occasionally causes him anxiety, but he says he’s ready.

"To go from four for nine, that’s a level of preparation that requires you be a billionaire," Deon Derrico said. "But whatever has to be done to take care of my children, I’m going to do it."

The infants were delivered at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, under the supervision of Dr. John Elliott, who specializes in multiple births.

Elliott did not respond to a call seeking comment.

Evonne Derrico was not immediately available for comment.


story continues below
story continues below

Deon Derrico, 42, who works as a property manager for a real estate company, said friends have already volunteered to help babysit.

The family lives in a 2,900-square-foot, five-bedroom home. They plan to turn their home-theater room into a nursery. Deon Derrico said he needs to figure out what kind of vehicle the family should have; their minivan won’t be big enough to move everyone around at once.

The couple initially thought they would be having quadruplets, but found a fifth baby in the womb on a later exam.

Deon Derrico said the couple conceived without fertility drugs. But they have gone through four miscarriages, and Evonne Derrico had been prescribed hormones to help maintain the pregnancy to term, Deon Derrico said.

"God is good," he said. "He gave us all those four back plus one on schedule."

The family moved to Arizona after 22 weeks for specialized care. The infants are expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks before heading home for Las Vegas.

Deon Derrico said he and his wife have not ruled out having more children.

"We’ve always talked about between 11 and 12 children," he said, adding, "I want as many children as God will bless me with."



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.