Bringing Christmas cheer to sick kids

Lisa Goudy
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Moose Jaw and District EMS paramedics Mike Slater (left) and Ray Francis (right) are pictured with two sick brothers and their parents in the pediatric unit of the Moose Jaw Union Hospital during their visit on Dec. 27.

Two local paramedics brought a little post-Christmas cheer to sick children.

“Hopefully we made their Christmas a little bit brighter after sitting in the hospital for a number of days … and it felt good to do that,” said Ray Francis, paramedic and director of community relations with the Moose Jaw and District EMS.

Francis and Mike Slater, advanced care paramedic, volunteered their time to visit sick children in the Moose Jaw Union Hospital on Dec. 27.

“A lot of us have children ourselves. Myself, I’ve had children who have been in the hospital, but certainly not over Christmastime,” said Francis. “We just kind of felt a soft spot for those kids who have to spend Christmas in the hospital. So we thought we’d go over and cheer them up a little bit and give them a few gifts.”

He said at the time of the visit there were two patients on the pediatric ward. The patients were two brothers age four and five. While he said he couldn’t disclose why the kids were in the hospital, he said it was not serious. He added he was sure the kids are now OK.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Union Hospital, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, District EMS

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