No child wants to spend the holidays in the hospital, but thanks to some caring staff members at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, some young patients got a big surprise: A sky-high visit from Santa's elves!
Together with American National Skyline Inc., Riley Hospital brought the holidays to the window-side of patients in the Simon Family Tower. Children and parents alike were tickled pink as the elves made their 10-story descent across the facade of the building.
"How cool was that?" said Maxim Thompson, a 3-year-old recovering from a burned hand. "I could just stay with them forever," said 6-year-old Vance Flagg, who is undergoing treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Along with the aerial elf show, the kids at Riley Hospital also got a special visit from Santa. The big man himself managed to stop by each and every room on each and every floor of the hospital. And yes, each child got a toy just for them.
Cassandra Siktberg, the mother of a two-year-old being treated at Riley, said the events really helped bring a smile to her son's face. "He was just beaming with joy. He’s two, so this is the first year he understands about Christmas so it was a joy to see his face," She said. "He woke up this morning and said, ‘Is it Christmas again? Where’s Santa and my elves?’ We were not excited to be living here but things like this make all the difference in the world."