Family has 4 teens with cerebral palsy

September 27, 2009 1:08:11 PM PDT
Multiple births means multiple blessings, for a Crystal Lake family with quadruplets who all were born with cerebral palsy.As an active family with four 13-year-olds who need different accommodations, the Lukas feel they are blessed.

The Lukas quadruplets are Matt, Katie, Amber and Scott.

"They are all in seventh grade now in different schools. Two of them, Amber and Scott, go to Sedum, and that is a school that meets their physical disabilities better than a regular school. And they do teach them certain things to their level, to their cognitive level. And then, Katie and Matt go to a regular middle school, Bernotas," mother Cami said.

The quads were born premature. Cami didn't know what she was getting into.

"In the beginning, very busy a lot. No sleeping night, lots of feeding, medicine, doctor's appointments. And gradually, as they have gotten older, the doctors appointments aren't as many. But it's busy and difficult in other ways," said the mother.

Three years later, the Lukas had another child, Adam. He is now 10 years old and doesn't have a disability.

"It's so easy. It's so easy having someone with no disabilities," said Cami.

Despite the challenges of raising quads with disabilities, the Lukas' children are very active.

"Katie and Amber and Scott are on the raiders cheerleading squad, and it's a special needs squad in Crystal Lake. We cheer at football games, and we also do competitions three different competitions, and we are number one all the time," Cami said.

Most of the time, Cami takes care of the children by herself, but she has help when they go out.

When asked what their favorite things to do as a family were, Matt said:

"Probably play with Adam most of the time. We wrestle once in a while. We both watch it, and I like to cut the grass, and I did that before you guys came here," he told ABC7 Chicago.

"My favorite thing to do is swim," Katie said.

Adam says he has a special family.

"I don't know, it's just different from everybody else's family. It's really special that they are just handicapped, and I try to do the best I can to help," the 10-year-old said.

Cami says they do not know any other families who have quadruplets with disabilities.


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