Santa had something very important at the top of HIS Christmas list this year.
Allen Young played Santa for years at The University of Kansas Hospital with his wife, who played Mrs. Claus. Together, they entertained sick boys and girls. Sadly, Young's wife passed away last year, but he said she had one last wish.
"My wife told me before she died to continue playing Santa," Young said. "She loved babies and she loved kids."
But Young developed serious health problems himself after only focusing on his wife for so long. David Anderson, his orthopedic surgeon, told him he was in danger of getting his leg amputated. And Young felt would disqualify him as Santa.
"He told me that I'd get coal if I didn't save his leg, then it became personal," Anderson said.
Four surgeries and months of rehabilitation later, doctors were miraculously able to save his leg. And Santa used his Christmas gift in the most amazing way by visiting the hospital's children again, to spread holiday cheer.
"If I can make them smile and laugh and forget a little bit of pain, that's what I'm here for," he said.
Watch more of the touching story in the video below.
via Huffington Post