Our family doubled in five minutes! Couple with four children welcome quintuplets - taking their brood to NINE
Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
14:54 EST, 11 September 2013
06:27 EST, 12 September 2013
A family of six nearly doubled in size in less than five minutes, after ushering in a set of quintuplets.
Evonne and Deon Derrico from Las Vegas, initially thought they would be having quadruplets but later discovered a fifth baby in the womb.
After doing all they could to prepare, they welcomed three girls and two boys last Friday at the Banner Desert Medical
Center in Mesa, Arizona.
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Set to grow: Deon and Evonne Derrico with their
four children, Dallas, Denver, Deon and Dai, before the birth of their
quintuplets last Friday - in five minutes they became a family of eleven
'We are all doing great,' Mr Derrico told the Las Vegas Sun today 'Excited is an understatement.'
The babies were born at 32 weeks and two days. Each was delivered between 11:17am and 11:21am on Friday, September 7.
In keeping with family tradition, the babies' names all start with the letter 'D.'
Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician
and Daiten each weigh less than three pounds and were being cared for in
the neonatal intensive care unit.
joining an already-full house that included the Derricos'
seven-year-old daughter, Dai, a three-year-old son, Deon, and
one-year-old twin boys, Dallas and Denver.
Making his entrance: Deniko was the first of the
quintuplets to arrive at 11:17am last Friday at the Banner Desert
Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona
Tiny tot: Dariz was the next boy to arrive one minute later - all weighed less than three pounds at birth
The family of 11 will have to make some adjustments.
have a vehicle for the family right now, but we don't have a vehicle
for the five others,' said Mr Derrico, who works as a field property
'We have a vehicle for the family right now, but we don't have a vehicle for the five others'
'There's just so much to figure out.'
22 weeks of pregnancy, after they discovered they were expecting
quintuplets, the family moved to suburban Phoenix for care from Dr. John
Elliott, a perinatologist and multiple-birth specialist.
They said they conceived the babies without fertility drugs.
Mrs Derrico, 33, carried the babies for 32 weeks and two days, a month longer than the national average for quintuplets.
Here come the girls: Deonee was the first sister born at 11:19am - their genders were not known prior to birth
Give me five: Daician was the next girl to be born, one minute after Deonee
Under surveillance: Daiten was the last of the
quintuplets to be born at 11:21am - like her siblings, she is currently
being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit
The new mother didn't know the
babies' genders prior to birth, hospital officials said, and she
announced 'boy' or 'girl' as each baby was presented to her in the
babies are expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks, but the
family plans to return to Las Vegas after they are discharged.
'This has humbled me,' Mr Derrico told the Sun. 'I feel very honored that God chose us.'
The Derrico quintuplets were the fifth set of out-of-state quints delivered at Banner Desert Hospital in the past year.