Two Kids, Twins
Then Quints!

A Nevada mother gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets, making her and her husband parents of nine -- yes, you read that right -- children.

Group of babies

Evonne and Deon Derrico were the parents of four children -- a 7-year-old daughter, a 3-year-old son and a set of twin boys who are a year old. When they found out they were expecting, they were thrilled, and the thrills kept on coming -- doctors first thought they had quadruplets on board, but a fifth baby was tucked away too.

Going from four to nine

Quintuplet pregnancies are rare, and even rarer when Mom isn’t undergoing fertility treatment. Evonne wasn’t, and had suffered four miscarriages in the past, so she was on hormone treatment (likely progesterone) to help her maintain her pregnancy.

She was also able to stay pregnant until she was eight months, which is a full month longer than average for quint moms. The family moved from their Las Vegas home to Phoenix, Arizona, when she was 22 weeks, so she could receive specialized prenatal care from physicians with experience.

A houseful

Deon reported that even though each baby weighs under 3 pounds, they are all in good condition. The names? Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten. They are being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit, where they will remain for several weeks before they are able to go home.

The family lives in a 5-bedroom home, but they plan to convert an in-home theater to a nursery. They are pondering what sort of vehicle to buy, as their minivan won’t transport the whole family at once.

And amazingly, Deon said that they’re not ruling out more children. "We've always talked about between 11 and 12 children," he said. "I want as many children as God will bless me with." We have to wonder if Evonne still agrees with this statement!

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