Surprise couple has quintuplets in time for Father's Day

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Michael Hoffman, of Surprise, received five special gifts this Father's Day.

His wife, Roxanna, gave birth to quintuplets Friday morning.

"It's definitely turned into something to be excited about," he said. "We couldn't be happier now."

To deliver the babies, it took a team of dozens of doctors and nurses at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

"We had four girls and one boy, and the boy was such a gentleman. He opened the door and let all the girls come first," said perinatologist Dr. Diana Danilenko.

Michael Hoffman had been stationed at an Air Force base in New Jersey but was able to transfer to Luke Air Force Base to be closer to his wife after she was admitted to Banner Good Samaritan. They chose the Phoenix hospital after hearing about Dr. John Elliott, a perinatologist and multiple-birth specialist.

"Without this team here, they wouldn't have made it this far and they definitely wouldn't have been this healthy," Michael Hoffman said.

Danilenko said the babies still need some respiratory support but are healthy overall. They will remain at the hospital until they are big enough to go home. The smallest baby was 3 pounds, 1 ounce and the largest was 3 pounds, 11 ounces.

They were born between 8:15 and 8:17 a.m.

The couple's 6-year-old son, Connor, was in charge of naming his brother and sisters. Their names are Aurora, Brielle, Delilah, Elias and Felicity. Including Connor, the names spell out the first six letters of the alphabet.

"He was kind of shocked. He's like, 'Oh no, I've got four sisters now I have to watch after. They're going to drive me crazy.' But he's a good little boy and if he wants to or not, he's going to be a great help," Michael Hoffman said.

Roxanna Hoffman's pregnancy was 31 weeks and one day, which is three weeks longer than the average pregnancy for quintuplets.

"It became an early Father's Day present and it'll definitely make Father's Day a little bit more memorable now for the rest of my life," Michael Hoffman said.