Boston, MA–7 year old Maggie had the best Christmas ever! Admitted to Lego Children’s Hospital for fever and neutropenia, she spent the day in protective isolation, but surrounded by the love and spirit of Christmas.
First Santa brought her a brand new scooter (of course with a helmet since Maggie’s platelets are three thousand), Star Wars Legos, and her favorite: American Girl doll “Henrietta Lacks.” Maggie tears up “usually I have to wait until Christmas morning to open all my gifts, but Santa came during my 4 AM blood draw. It’s was perfect timing since I was up already!”
She was then visited by New England Patriot’s Rob Gronkowski, out for the season with a little boo boo just like Maggie. He gave her a signed copy of “It’s Good to Be Gronk,” and showed her some of his signature dance moves.
But the highlight of her Christmas was the residents room-to-room caroling. Although, admittedly, most of the ones working were Jewish and didn’t quite know all the words. But they sung an amazing “I’m Dreaming of a White Blood Cell” and “I Won’t be Home for Christmas.”
Maggie recovered well, and is looking forward to spending New Year’s at home. She hopes to be back in time for Valentine’s Day, though, when they hand out free red blood cell transfusions!
So, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great call night!