Newborns Come Home In Style


For Adrian, Pearl, Amada, Drew and their mother, the day started in Phoenix, Arizona and ended at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

"Oh, man, oh, it's been awesome!" mom Jessica Neri-Lucero said with relief.

The now much-bigger Lucero crew arrived at the Samaritan neonatal intensive care unit in style: an Angel MedFlight Lear jet.

"We always want to make sure it's the most comfortable, safe flight. We have a perfect safety record," said Angel MedFlight's Jennifer Vogel.

Pregnant with quintuplets, Neri-Lucero used a hospital in Arizona that specializes in multi-birth pregnancy.

Sadly, one of the babies -- Laila -- died in December.

"Her life, it did a lot," Neri-Lucero said.

"If it wasn't for her, I don't know if I'd go this far. If she would have passed away and quit -- I don't know."

But Neri-Lucero didn't quit.

And now, with their two daughters and two sons doing well, the Luceros are back in Watertown, and close to going home.

Actually, Neri-Lucero hasn't seen home since "Operation Home Front" -- a group that helps military families -- give it a much-needed makeover.

Neri-Lucero said she'd call her husband and ask for pictures.

"'No, I'm not sending you anything,'" he told her. "'I want tears and water works when they see you get home.'"

So when do the babies get to actually leave the hospital?

While there's no timetable, mom and dad hope to have the gang all home soon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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