Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 | 10:33 a.m.
A Las Vegas family just grew by five.
Evonne Derrico, 33, gave birth to quintuplets — three girls and two boys — Friday at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., the hospital announced today.
Derrico and her husband, Deon, are from Las Vegas but temporarily relocated to Arizona while awaiting the birth of their quintuplets. Dr. John Elliott, a perinatologist and multiple birth specialist, delivered the babies from 11: 17 a.m. to 11:21 a.m. Friday, following a pregnancy of 32 weeks and two days.
The quints — who ranged in weight from 1 pound, 14 ounces to to 2 pounds, 15 ounces — are being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Their mother remains in good condition at Banner Desert Medical Center.
The couple didn’t know the babies’ genders prior to birth, so Derrico announced “boy” or “girl” as doctors presented the babies to her in the delivery room, hospital officials said.
Per family tradition, the couple chose names that start with the letter “D”:
• Deniko, a boy born at 11:17 a.m.
• Dariz, a boy born at 11:18 a.m.
• Deonee, a girl born at 11:19 a.m.
• Daician, a girl born at 11:20 a.m.
• Daiten, a girl born at 11:21 a.m.
Once all the quintuplets have been discharged from the NICU, the family plans to return to Las Vegas. Evonne and Deon Derrico also have a 7-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys.
The Derrico quintuplets were the fifth set of out-of-state quints delivered at Banner Desert and cared for at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in the past year.