(MESA, Ariz.) -- Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten Derrico were welcomed into the world Friday, a healthy set of quintuplets who join their four older siblings, who also all have first names that start with the letter “D.”
The quintuplets were born at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., Friday to Evonne Derrico, 33, a Las Vegas resident who relocated to Mesa in her 22nd week of pregnancy to receive special care for her high-risk pregnancy, the medical center announced this week. The babies are being cared for in the NICU at the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.
Derrico and her husband, Deon, did not know the babies’ genders before they were born. Evonne Derrico called out the names of the babies -- two boys and three girls -- one by one as they were born, the medical center said.
The babies were born at 32 weeks and two days and all weighed less than three pounds. They were delivered between 11:17 and 11:21 a.m. on Friday.
The quintuplets are the second set of multiples for the Derricos, who say they have never used fertility drugs to conceive. Their twin sons are 1-year-old, their older son is 3 and their older daughter is 7.
The family plans to return home to Las Vegas once the babies have been discharged, hospital officials said.
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