Monday, December 29, 2008
CHRISTMAS CHEER AT SHRINERS-Honolulu
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited young patients yesterday at Shriners Hospital, where they met Alyshia Shimizu, 14, who has stayed upbeat despite skin grafts that keep her confined to a bed. Alyshia suffered major skin damage when she contracted a flesh-eating bacteria in 2000 when she was 5 years old. She is expected undergo more skin grafts until she stops growing. She is with her mother Annette, standing next to Mrs. Claus; brothers Alex, 7, and Austin, 11; and father Tony.
Before Santa headed to Kalaeloa, he and Mrs. Claus were making a special delivery at the Shriners Hospital.
Families watched as the children's faces lit up with smiles when they opened their presents.
They must've been good kids this year, because each of the patients got a huge bag of gifts from Santa.
The children, who range in age from 2 to 19 years old, are from all across the Pacific Rim.
Photo by DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM
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