Quads come home

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After a 15-hour travel day, the quadruplets have arrived in Augusta.

Azariah Kalume is wheeled to the neonatal intensive care unit by nurses and respiratory specialists at Trinity Hospital after arriving in Augusta late Monday.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Azariah Kalume is wheeled to the neonatal intensive care unit by nurses and respiratory specialists at Trinity Hospital after arriving in Augusta late Monday.

Deborah Kalume and her four babies, who were born to a surrogate mother in California on May 17, arrived by ambulance and a private vehicle at Trinity Hospital of Augusta about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

Azariah and Jeremiah, the two boys who still require hospital care, were born about 11 weeks premature and have underdeveloped lungs.

Trinity has a neonatal intensive care unit that provides around-the-clock care and supervision, said Rachel McKie, the hospital's spokeswoman.

The other two babies, Kristianna and Abraham, will go to the Kalumes' home in Warrenton.

There was a delay in Sacramento, Calif., while the medical team waited on oxygen tanks for the two boys. Consequently, the family missed its flight and had to wait five hours to board a different flight to Atlanta, Ms. McKie said.

"It was quite a trip today," Mrs. Kalume said, as the weary infants were ushered into the hospital by a waiting medical team. "I didn't think we'd ever get here.

"They are well-traveled already," she said.

The babies are 2 months old today.

Mrs. Kalume has been staying in Sacramento since January.

"We're so happy," said John Kalume. "It's a miracle."

Reach Rob Pavey at (706) 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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TakeAstand 07/17/07 - 12:21 pm
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What a nice story..

What a nice story.. Congratulations and good luck with your new family. Hope your other 2 percious babies will be healthy and home soon!!!

PlayaFace
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PlayaFace 07/17/07 - 04:27 pm
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congrats!!!!! hope the boys

congrats!!!!! hope the boys do well!

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