FEELING BETTER: Theo Wiblen with dad Ray Wiblen in Grafton Base Hospital on Christmas Day. Photos Adam Hourigan
FEELING BETTER: Theo Wiblen with dad Ray Wiblen in Grafton Base Hospital on Christmas Day. Photos Adam Hourigan

Surprise visit from Santa for young patients

STARING at the white walls of a hospital is no way to spend Christmas, but when Santa comes to visit, it makes it a whole lot better.

Children at the Grafton Base Hospital Children's Ward had a special visit from the man in red on Christmas Day, and he didn't come empty handed.

Theo Wiblen, 4, was stoked to open his eyes to Santa at the end of his hospital bed.

"Santa came and saw me and gave me toys!" Theo said.

Having caught a case of pneumonia and a burst ear drum meant Theo was in hospital for about a week.

Dad Ray Wiblen said they were granted a leave pass on Christmas Day to spend some time with the family.

"We had to be back by 3pm, but it was good to get out for a bit," Mr Wiblen said.

In the room next door, three-year-old Nathanual White was having a hospital Christmas of his own.

Nathanual was admitted to hospital days before Christmas after a dog bit him on the forehead.

Mum Kaysha Konemann said her boy was in happy spirits after his visit from Santa.

"He's happy, he's all good - the staff here have been amazing," Ms Konemann said.



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