What happened to Diez on Doubling Down with the Derricos?


THE Derrico family cannot seem to catch a break on this season of Doubling Down with the Derricos.

Prior to Karen’s tragic pregnancy update, from early August, her and her husband, Deon, faced every parent’s worse nightmare with their 4-year-old son, Diez.

Diez is the Derrico's 4 year old son

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Diez is the Derrico’s 4 year old sonCredit: TLC

What happened to Diez on Doubling Down with the Derricos?

On the July 13 episode, it was revealed that Diez had to undergo surgery to have his elongated skull reshaped.

« We take the skin and we peel the front part forward this way and then we take the back part and we peel it back that way, » the doctor told the parents on a video call.

« And so then the top of his head is exposed. » Touching the top part of the skull, the doctor said « this part of the skull will come off. »

Once the part of the skull is removed, they then cut it into pieces.

« And then we take the bone off and then we reshape his skull back into a more rounded shape, » the doctor continued.

« We make it less long, and we make it wider on the sides and his skull will be like a normal-looking skull. »

The operation was expected to take four to six hours.

Why does Diez need skull surgery?

It was revealed on a previous episode this season that Diez’s head was below the average size.

« 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. »

According to the Sydney West Physio, it is very common for babies heads to be elongated at birth but it is typically more symmetrical within six weeks.

Since Diez is already four, it means his head never properly shifted into a symmetrical position after Karen gave birth.

Diez had to undergo surgery on his skull

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Diez had to undergo surgery on his skullCredit: TLC

What was Karen’s tragic pregnancy announcement?

On the August 4 episode of Doubling Down with the Derricos, Karen gave fans an update on the pregnancy of her 15th child.

Karen revealed that in late 2020, the mother of 14 suffered another miscarriage.

« Even though we aren’t strangers to miscarriages, it’s still a tough heartbreak to endure! Our hearts are broken and pieces of it go out to others that have endured this pain, » Karen and her husband Deon told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

« However, we must continue to thank God for our children and many other blessings that we have, and in addition we stay prayed up! » the couple added.

The news came after Karen had previously told viewers that she would be going to the doctor to find answers because she felt like something was wrong.

« It seems like this pregnancy, it’s just been a real stressor for me, » Karen said.

« One minute I am fine, the next they don’t see a heartbeat. The next it’s like, ‘It’s too early.’ « 

The Derrico’s have unfortunately suffered three miscarriages throughout their marriage.