By Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – A week before Santa makes his grand rounds, he made a special visit to the North Mississippi Medical Center pediatrics unit.
On Tuesday, 2 month-old A’yannah Traylor was fascinated by the jolly old elf who brought her a baby book. Santa’s visit was a nice break in an emotional day for her mother Natasha Traylor.
“We just checked in today,” said the Tupelo mom whose baby was fighting off RSV – a respiratory virus that can be troublesome for infants and toddlers.
“I think she’ll be alright,” Traylor said.
Santa had to wave at 10-month-old Christian Dobbs, who was recovering from the flu.
“We expect to go home in the morning,” said the Tupelo infant’s dad Joshua Dobbs, who appreciated Santa’s visit, too. “I might be happier than he is.”
Sixteen-year-old Brandy Morris of Blue Springs was glad for the visit and the Rubik’s Cube. Santa helped break up the monotony of being in the hospital for observation of possible appendititis.
“It’s been a while,” since she had her last personal visit with Kris Kringle, she said.
It’s the seventh consecutive year this particular set of Santa’s helpers – registered nurse Lee Fowler and Emily the Elf – have made the pilgrimage to the unit.
“They love it,” said pediatrics nurse manager Amanda Foster. “They just smile as soon as they see him.”