Las Vegas family welcomes quintuplets at Arizona hospital
Fifth set of out-of-state quints born at Banner Desert Medical Center in past year
Mesa, Ariz. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Las Vegas resident Evonne Derrico, 33, 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 Friday. This is the fifth set of out-of-state quintuplets that have been delivered at Banner Desert and cared for at Cardon Children’s in the past year.
Mrs. Derrico arrived in Mesa during her 22nd week of pregnancy in order to receive the highest level of care for her high-risk pregnancy. Evonne and her husband, Deon, chose to temporarily relocate after their Las Vegas physician referred them to Dr. Elliott.
Mrs. Derrico is in good condition at Banner Desert, and the Derrico quintuplets are receiving care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Cardon Children’s Medical Center.The Derrico babies – two boys and three girls – were born between 11:17 and 11:21 a.m., on Friday, September 6, following a pregnancy of 32 weeks and two days. The national average gestation for quintuplets is 28 weeks. Evonne did not know the sexes of the babies prior to birth. She called them out one by one as the babies were presented to her in the delivery room.
Meet the Derrico quints:
- Deniko, boy, 2 lb., 6 oz., 11:17 a.m.
- Dariz, boy, 2 lb., 15 oz., 11:18 a.m.
- Deonee, girl, 2 lb., 6 oz., 11:19 a.m.
- Daician, girl, 2 lb., 9 oz., 11:20 a.m.
- Daiten, girl, 1 lb., 14 oz., 11:21 a.m.
Evonne and Deon additionally have a 7-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys, all with first names that start with “D.” The family plans to return home to Las Vegas 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 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.