Vegas mom has healthy quintuplets

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.

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.

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.”

More in Local News

Turkey talk: Kindergartners explain the Thanksgiving holiday

Our annual pilgrimage led us this year to Pathfinder Kindergarten Center in Everett.

Police locate suspect in Snohomish River after he fled

They used a thermal-imaging camera to locate the man in the water near Dagmars Marina.

Electrical fire on roof of Marysville school extinguished

There was no apparent structural damage to Cascade Elementary School.

As police closed in, 2 heavily armed pot-shop robbers fled

Cops surrounded the place in Mountlake Terrace. The suspects were tracked by dogs and apprehended nearby.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

In Sultan, there was a seat at the table for everyone

Every year, the town’s community dinner ensures no one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving.

Most Read