Uri Acosta talks to Santa


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—Santa Claus does not forget the children in hospitals. Using state of the art technology from the North Pole Santa Claus took time to meet with children at the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Philadelphia.

Jolly Old St. Nick took time to speak with Monte Vista native Uri Acosta who is visiting the hospital again until March. Acosta got to speak with Santa over a video conference from the North Pole and tell him what she wanted for Christmas.

The technology has been used at the hospital for the last five years. It gives patients an opportunity to visit with Santa directly one-on-one from the North Pole. He is beamed on a large screen over the hospital’s internet. Santa places a call to each Shriner’s Hospital location throughout the country and when the call is answered he is live, in real time and face-to-face with the children.

“He knew my name which is cool and he told me I am on the nice list which is awesome because now I know I will get what I want,” said Acosta in an interview with Philadelphia’s FOX 29.

Acosta is visiting the hospital for continued treatment for treatment of Arthrogryposis, a rare condition characterized by stiffness in multiple joints, most commonly affecting the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, feet and knees. She will be visiting the hospital a few times since a doctor believes he can help her gain mobility. Generous support from the local community has helped to fund Acosta’s trips to treatment.

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