Newborns get a special visit from Santa

Peyton Lai with Santa. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While many parents take their children to have their first pictures with Santa before they turn 1-year-old, some parents and newborn babies don’t have that option.

Jolly Old Saint Nick took time out of his busy schedule to visit the newborns in the Neonatal ICU at Seton Medical Center. The babies in the unit were born too early or are too small in size to go home for Christmas.

Baby Declan O'dell with family and Santa. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
Baby Declan O’dell with family and Santa. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

Declan O’Dell was born in early October at 25 weeks.

“It means a lot. I think having the pictures here to look back on and especially in years going forward as he’s getting bigger, having this to kind of reflect on and how far he’s come will really mean a lot,” says mom Becky O’Dell.

The O’Dell family says it will be tough to split their time between the hospital and their 6-year-old daughter on Christmas because she isn’t allowed to come up to the hospital due to health restrictions.

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