AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) — Santa Claus paid a special visit to the pediatric patients at Georgia Children’s Hospital. One of those patients was Juliet Maddox, who spent her first Christmas at the PICU.
“Hopefully we can go home soon,” said Julia’s mother Krista Maddox.
5-month-old Juliet Maddox and her family are no strangers to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
“Actually, we spent a few weeks in the hospital at the beginning of October to have a feeding tube placed. After that, she was home for a few weeks, but was admitted again on October 23 and stayed there for a month. Then we came home for a week and now she has been hospitalized again and for this stay it has been two weeks,” said Krista Maddox.
And it was no shock to the Maddox family that they had to spend Christmas at the PICU.
“Well, we knew it was up in the air. We knew there was a possibility that we could go home, but there was a possibility that she would have to stay here. It was a difficult conversation with the doctors, but we wanted the best for our little girl,” said Marcus Maddox, Julia’s father.
Juliet was diagnosed with both Down syndrome and complete AVSD defect.
“Which means there are two large holes in the center of her heart so that all the blood flowing through them gets mixed in instead of flowing nicely through the channels,” said Krista Maddox.
But Saturday morning they got a surprise visit that made the trip a little more bearable.
“I think she liked his beard,” Krista Maddox said.
Juliet had the chance to meet Santa, which brightened up the holiday for the whole family.
“It was very special because it makes you a little bit sad to see everyone posting pictures of their kids with Santa, and as it’s her first Christmas, that’s always a special time to take pictures with Santa, so I’m very glad she got to do this. that and didn’t have to miss it,” she said.
The Maddox family has been very generous to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia after donating $10,000 to the pediatric cardiology, PICU and Child Life center there. That money was raised by the ‘Miss Juliet’s Walk’ held in October. They say it’s their way of giving back.
“It’s impossible that we could have gone through all these things without the people around us, the wonderful people at Augusta University, our employers, family friends. We’ve all come together to do a little bit and it’s made a big difference,” said Marcus Maddox.
Juliet will have heart surgery once she gains weight. You can follow Juliet’s Journey on her Facebook page.