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California’s fantastic five delivered in Arizona

Meryl and John Ferraro welcome 5 little ones into the world  

Second set of out-of-state quintuplets delivered by Arizona multiple birth specialist in three weeks

MESA, Ariz. (Oct. 2, 2012) – California resident Meryl Ferraro, 39, under the care of perinatologist and multiple birth specialist John Elliott, MD, gave birth to quintuplets at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. on Wednesday. This is the second set of out-of-state quintuplets that have been delivered by Dr. Elliott in recent weeks.

Ms. Ferraro arrived in Mesa during her 23rd week of pregnancy to receive the highest level of care for her high-risk pregnancy. Ferraro and her husband, John, chose to temporarily relocate after learning of Dr. Elliott via online research, and later interviewing him.

Ms. Ferraro is in good condition at Banner Desert, and her five babies are receiving care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

The Ferraro babies – three girls and two boys – were born between 11:01 and 11:04 a.m., on Wednesday, September 26, following a pregnancy of 32 weeks and five days. The national average gestation for quintuplets is 28 weeks.

Meet the Ferraro quints, G.R.A.C.E.:

  • Gabrielle (Gabby), girl, 3 lbs., 7 oz., 11:01 a.m.
  • Riley, boy, 4 lbs., 6 oz., 11:02 a.m.
  • Addison (Addy), girl, 3 lbs., 1 oz., 11:04 a.m.
  • Cooper, boy, 3 lbs., 12 oz., 11:03 a.m.
  • Emerson (Emmy), girl, 3 lbs., 13 oz., 11:03 a.m.

Ms. Ferraro and John additionally have a 2-year-old daughter, Gianna. The family plans to return home to Fullerton, Calif. once all the babies have been discharged from the NICU.

About Banner Desert Medical Center
Banner Desert Medical Center is a non-profit hospital in Mesa, Ariz., providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. The medical center is one of the largest and most comprehensive hospitals in the state of Arizona, and serves as a tertiary referral center in the East Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. Banner Desert is recognized by U.S.News & World Report for high performance in seven clinical areas. Banner Desert provides adult acute care including high-risk and general obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology, oncology, neurosciences, general and specialty surgical services, medical imaging and emergency medicine, among others. The 80-acre medical campus is also home to Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Both facilities are owned and operated by Banner Health, the largest provider of health care services in Arizona.

About Cardon Children’s Medical Center
Cardon Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive pediatric care for children, from newborns to teens. Services include emergency care, intensive care, neonatal care, general pediatrics, surgical and rehabilitation services, hematology/oncology, urology, gastroenterology, neurology, outpatient services and community education on topics related to prevention and children’s wellness. We partner with highly-qualified physicians in a wide range of pediatric specialties. Opened in 2009, the hospital is a state-of-the-art facility at U.S. 60 and Dobson Road in Mesa. It has greatly expanded the scope of pediatric care in the Valley, including 248 inpatient pediatric beds.

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