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Multiple-birth specialist returns to the Valley… quints follow!


MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 6, 2012) – North Carolina resident Carmen Milam Matthews, 33, has come to the Valley to seek the care of nationally renowned perinatologist, John Elliott, MD, who has returned to the area to join Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care (SCWC) in Mesa and Ahwatukee, Ariz.

Matthews, under the care of Elliott, today gave birth to quintuplets at Banner Desert Medical Center, where SCWC physicians have long delivered babies.
Matthews is in good condition at Banner Desert and her five babies are receiving care in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

The Matthews babies – two girls and three boys – were born between 7:25 and 7:27 a.m., on Thursday, September 6, following a 34-week pregnancy.

  • Lorna Brenn, girl, 4 lbs., 3 oz.
  • Layton Cooper, boy, 4 lbs., 13 oz.
  • Carleigh Sue, girl, 3 lbs., 10 oz.
  • Rucker Mitchell, boy, 2 lbs., 2 oz.
  • Eason John, boy, 3 lbs., 12 oz.

Matthews and her husband, Mike, hail from Wilmington, N.C. They were in Laguna Hills, Calif. where Elliott has been located since 2010. However, when Elliott decided to return to the Valley they followed him here to continue receiving care under his guidance.

Banner Desert Medical Center is a nonprofit 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.

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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