VIDEO & PHOTOS: Snow Surprise Delights Kids in Children's Hospitals in the South

ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Every child deserves to experience the magic and wonder of the holidays, but it's not always easy for kids in the hospital. In an attempt to bring the magic of Christmas to sick kids and their families, an undercover team went on a secret mission to transform Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's three hospitals into a winter wonderland on Dec. 2, 2013. Even though it was not in the weather forecast, with the help of 31 gallons of "snow" and 31 rooftop machines, a winter surprise blanketed the three Children's campuses in Atlanta.

On a 57-degree day in a city that rarely sees snow, dozens of patients, many of them tethered to I.V. poles and wearing surgical masks, caught their first snowflakes, made their first snow angels and, for a few brief minutes, traded the title of "patient" for "kid."

Set to the holiday sound of Coldplay, here's what happens when you treat kids in the South to a winter wonderland. Watch a SHORT VIDEO and check out the PHOTOS to experience the tremendous joy and childlike wonder of that "snow day."

About Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 20 neighborhood locations, Children's is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children's offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children's hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children's has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

Video with caption: "Children's Healthcare of Atlanta went on a secret mission to transform their three hospital campuses into a winter wonderland. On a 57-degree day in a city that rarely sees snow in its weather forecast, dozens of kids—many of them tethered to I.V. poles and wearing surgical masks—caught their first snowflakes, made their first snow angels and, for a few brief minutes, traded the title of "patient" for "kid." Featuring music by Coldplay." Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rUu-OSlBoI

SOURCE Children's Healthcare of Atlanta



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