Buffalo Girl Spends First Christmas At Home

Buffalo, NY - A four-year-old Buffalo girl got to spend her first Christmas at home.

Beatriz LaSalle is in need of around-the-clock medical care, but volunteers, including Santa, brought her home to spend a few hours with her very excited and thankful family this Christmas.

"It's heartfelt, moving and stuff because this way, you know, normally, nobody expects this. We just kind of do it, you know, to brighten somebody's Christmas," says Rural Metro Operations Manager Scott Karaszewski.

As soon as she got the call that Beatriz was on the way, her grandmother ran outside to catch a glimpse of the ambulance and to meet the granddaughter she loves so much.

"I'm so glad that she can come home. It's the first time. It's my best present for Christmas," says Gail Cintron.

Due to complications during her birth, doctors in Puerto Rico only gave Beatriz 72 hours to live.

"That is a strong name. She is a strong baby when she was born. I say, I am going to name her Beatriz," says her mom, Iesha.

Four years later, her mother is able to celebrate Christmas with her and shower her with gifts.

"She likes it. She likes to be around people," says Iesha.

And, her family loves the paramedics, nurses and doctors who all made this Christmas one to remember.

"Oh my God, thank you so much. This is the best gift ever. To spend the first Christmas with my daughter, in home. In the warm. With my family and everything," says Iesha.

Medical teams from Rural Metro, Kaleida Health and HighPointe all made the visit possible.


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