Santa Visits Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Santa Visits Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

On Thursday, Santa Claus stopped by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent Healthcare, and one man is putting on his boots and filling up his bag with toys to bring joy to some special babies.

Bennett was born nine days ago, weighing in at 4 pounds 7 ounces, and he's in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. V's.

Mother, Hillary Jones said, "Things don't go the way you plan always, and when things happen it's really hard to get through it, but stay positive is really all we can do."

For the first six days of Bennett's life he started in an incubator, until he was able to maintain his own body temperature.

Now on day nine, he's off all medications, and on his feeding tube. Then he got a personal visit from Santa Claus himself.

"It helps so much to deal with the emotional aspect of it, and to have him be able to have that, and those pictures we'll save forever," said Jones.

Every year when Santa visits he gives them their first holiday gift, a Christmas bear.

Santa said, "It's so much fun to see these guys two or three years later. You know, I don't recognize them of the course, but moms will tell me they still have the Christmas bear from when they were in the NICU."

Santa said his favorite part is making a difference in the lives of others.

"I have people tell me I'm in their photo albums more than some of their relatives," said Santa.

Jones said the most difficult part is leaving Bennett behind in the hospital.

She also said she hopes she can bring her baby home before the holidays.

Santa Visits Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

 

BILLINGS- On Thursday, Santa Claus stopped by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent Healthcare, and one man is putting on his boots and filling up his bag with toys to bring joy to some special babies.

 

Bennett was born nine days ago, weighing in at 4 pounds 7 ounces, and he's in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. V's.

 

Mother, Hillary Jones said, "Things don't go the way you plan always, and when things happen it's really hard to get through it, but stay positive is really all we can do."

 

For the first six days of Bennett's life he started in an incubator, until he was able to maintain his own body temperature.

 

Now on day nine, he's off all medications, and on his feeding tube. Then he got a personal visit from Santa Claus himself.

 

"It helps so much to deal with the emotional aspect of it, and to have him be able to have that, and those pictures we'll save forever," said Jones.

 

Every year when Santa visits he gives them their first holiday gift, a Christmas bear.

 

Santa said, "It's so much fun to see these guys two or three years later. You know, I don't recognize them of the course, but moms will tell me they still have the Christmas bear from when they were in the NICU."

 

Santa said his favorite part is making a difference in the lives of others.

 

"I have people tell me I'm in their photo albums more than some of their relatives," said Santa.

 

Jones said the most difficult part is leaving Bennett behind in the hospital.

 

She also said she hopes she can bring her baby home before the holidays.

Santa Visits Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

BILLINGS- On Thursday, Santa Claus stopped by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent Healthcare, and one man is putting on his boots and filling up his bag with toys to bring joy to some special babies.

Bennett was born nine days ago, weighing in at 4 pounds 7 ounces, and he's in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. V's.

Mother, Hillary Jones said, "Things don't go the way you plan always, and when things happen it's really hard to get through it, but stay positive is really all we can do."

For the first six days of Bennett's life he started in an incubator, until he was able to maintain his own body temperature.

Now on day nine, he's off all medications, and on his feeding tube. Then he got a personal visit from Santa Claus himself.

"It helps so much to deal with the emotional aspect of it, and to have him be able to have that, and those pictures we'll save forever," said Jones.

Every year when Santa visits he gives them their first holiday gift, a Christmas bear.

Santa said, "It's so much fun to see these guys two or three years later. You know, I don't recognize them of the course, but moms will tell me they still have the Christmas bear from when they were in the NICU."

Santa said his favorite part is making a difference in the lives of others.

"I have people tell me I'm in their photo albums more than some of their relatives," said Santa.

Jones said the most difficult part is leaving Bennett behind in the hospital.

She also said she hopes she can bring her baby home before the holidays.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Billings Public Safety Mill Levy to be Placed on November Ballot

    Billings Public Safety Mill Levy to be Placed on November Ballot

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-07-29 05:13:34 GMT

    The City Council officially votes to place the Safety Mill Levy on this November's General Election ballot.

    The City Council officially votes to place the Safety Mill Levy on this November's General Election ballot.


  • Bison Art Structure at Airport

    Bison Art Structure at Airport

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:49:29 GMT
    You may have noticed the new steel bison structure if you've passed by Billings Logan International Airport recently.
    You may have noticed the new steel bison structure if you've passed by Billings Logan International Airport recently.
  • Organization Seeks Funds for Transitional Housing Program

    Organization Seeks Funds for Transitional Housing Program

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:46:47 GMT
    One of the programs for families with issues of substance addiction and mental illness is canceled because the organization no longer has funding for it.
    One of the programs for families with issues of substance addiction and mental illness is canceled because the organization no longer has funding for it.