MESA, Ariz. – A Las Vegas couple added five more bundles of joy to their family last week.
Evonne Derrico, 33, gave birth to quintuplets Friday at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. The three girls and two boys are doing well.
Derrico and her husband, Deon, named the babies Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten. The couple already had a 7-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys, all with first names that start with the letter "D."
The largest of the quints weighed in at 2 pounds, 15 ounces. The smallest was just 1 pound, 14 ounces.
"It has been a journey," Derrico said. "It's not one that I'd throw lightly out there at anyone. This is not a marathon. I didn't think at one time I could do it."
The family temporarily relocated to Arizona in June during Derrico's 22nd week of pregnancy to receive care from a multiple birth specialist.
The family plans to head back to Las Vegas once the babies are discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit at Cardon Children's Medical Center.
The babies are the fifth set of out-of-state quintuplets that have been delivered at Banner Desert Medical Center in the past year.
Derrico carried the babies to 32 weeks gestation. The national average for quintuplets is 28 weeks.