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Mom successfully delivers quintuplets at 33 weeks

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MESA, Ariz. -

Imagine moving to another state all to have a baby. Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa has delivered two sets of quintuplets in the past month.

Both sets of parents chose to temporarily re-locate to Arizona because of the hospital and doctor's expertise.

Meet the Ferraro quintuplets. 5 babies. A lot of love and a lot of diapers.

"We didn't intend to have 5 kids but now that we are going to have a big family, we are excited watching them all grow up," said dad John Ferraro.

39-year-old nurse Meryl Ferraro, husband John, and daughter Gianna temporarily relocated from California to Mesa all because of Doctor John Elliott, and his high success rate of delivering multiples.

"What we offer them is a recipe for success and it's based on everything we have learned and do, the team we put together and the attitude of, 'we will succeed,'" said Dr. John Elliott, Banner Desert Hospital.

"He gives you that confidence. First doctor we saw just gave us doom and gloom and so you're looking for someone else to give you hope," said Meryl.

The Ferraro babies -- three girls and two boys -- were almost born at 17 weeks, and there was a good chance they wouldn't have survived.

And that's why families come to Arizona from all over the U.S. to see Dr. Elliott. He kept them in the womb almost 33 weeks.

"We were able to aggressively stop labor occurring, and I didn't tell Meryl this was happening, I couldn't take her hope away," said Dr. Elliot.

"These 5 babies are truly miracles in all my experience I expected them to deliver, and all I could do is offer her hope that we would take a shot at it and she went for it."

The first letter of each of the babies' names spells grace -- Gabrielle, Riley, Addison, Cooper, and Emmerson.

Dr. Elliott is an expert in multiples. He's delivered 2 sets of sextuplets, 14 sets of quintuplets, 102 sets of quadruplets, and 700 sets of triplets.

The Ferraro babies will get to go home in about a month.

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