‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’: Bump on Diez's head causes Deon and Karen to worry

‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’: Bump on Diez's head causes Deon and Karen to worry
Deon, Diez and Karen on 'Doubling Down With the Derricos' (TLC)

If you’ve been waiting patiently for your favourite TV family to make their way back on to screen, then the wait ends here – ‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’ is back with an all-new season. Karen and Deon, along with their kids – a daughter, a son, twin boys, quintuplets (three girls and two boys), two more twin boys and triplets (two girls and a boy) take on a new set of adventures and experiences, all as a family.

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While the Derricos are certainly a happy family for the most part there has been one member that Karen and Deon have their eyes on at all times. Ever since it was confirmed that little Diez had to get surgery, his parents have prioritized his well-being. Diez suffered from an elongated skull, an issue that usually settles within six weeks after birth. However, that was not the case with Diez, which was cause for concern. Diez's head was below average size, as Deon explained previously.

"The average head should be 80 cm. They don't even want it to be 70 — that's considered low. His is 65," Deon said. "The skull fused too fast and if it fused too fast, that means it's just growing the length, but it's not growing the normal width." he added.

The solution was cranial reconstruction surgery, with Diez having to undergo a procedure that would last four to six hours. The surgery could entail peeling the skin back and reshaping his skull, to create a more rounded head. This is done by taking the top part of the skull off and widening the sides. While the surgery sounds intense, Diez made a full recovery and has been leading a normal life.



However, in the preview of Season 3, Deon made a startling discovery, where he noticed a bump on the side of Diez's head while giving him a haircut. This certainly seemed like a cause for concern, as they have been keeping a watchful eye on him, should any issues flair up. When he asked Karen, she too was alarmed and mentioned that she'd call the doctor soon. Diez burst into tears over the whole ordeal while his parents comforted him, but for a young child to have to deal with more doctor visits, it was certainly heartbreaking to watch.

Season 3 of 'Doubling Down With the Derricos' starts on TLC on Tuesday, February 22 at 10 pm ET.

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