GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 4-year-old Mebane boy in the Moses Cone Hospital Intensive Care Unit got a special letter from Santa on Friday.
Griffin Lockner, 4, was hospitalized on Wednesday due to a severe asthma attack and respiratory distress.
On Friday, his mother and stepfather Kait and Jason Yando gave Griffin a letter from Santa:
I am so proud of you and how big of a boy you are being at the hospital.
You are one of the bravest boys I know. Keep wearing your [oxygen] mask and being nice to everyone.
Feel better soon! I love you.
“[He was] very excited,” Kait Yando told FOX8 on Friday evening. “To -- in the midst of all the bad happening to him -- he had a glimmer of hope that Santa is still coming soon.”
Yando said she and her sister Kelsey Lockner write Griffin a letter every day around Christmastime from Santa based on good (or bad) things he does on a given day -- things like praising him for being nice to people or reminding him to eat what he’s supposed to.
She said Griffin was missing his letters, being confined to his ICU room, so they decided to deliver it there.
“It was an ‘I hope you will feel better’ letter to keep the magic of Santa alive,” Yando said. “So that, even when you're not home, Santa knows all about you and still cares about you.”
At about 4 p.m. on Friday, Griffin was moved out of his ICU room and into a regular room at Moses Cone Hospital, Yando said.
Yando said as soon as Griffin can be without supplemental oxygen for 24 hours he will be able to go home and continue enjoying the magic of Christmas.