Family with Twins Welcomes Quintuplets

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Family with Twins Welcomes Quintuplets
Tue, 10-15-2013 - 8:46am

Evonne and Deon Derrico had always wanted a big family – and they got one a lot sooner than anyone could have expected. In September, Evonne delivered quintuplets to add to their brood of four. Perhaps even more amazing than the arrival of five healthy babies was the fact that it was all natural—no fertility drugs involved.

“We did not expect this,” Deon Derrico told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.

As he spoke from the couple’s home in Nevada, three of the newborns rocked peacefully in their pods. The other two babies will be coming home over the next two weeks.

“Multiples run very high in the family,” Derrico said. “My mother miscarried triplets just prior to myself. So we wouldn’t have been shocked to have twins again. But we could never have expected this.”

In fact, quintuplets conceived naturally, are extraordinarily rare, said Dr. John Elliott, an obstetrician at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., who specializes in high risk pregnancies.

“The chance of this occurring to this family was about one in a couple million,” Elliott said.

Congratuatlions to the happy family!!

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