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Hagerstown’s Santa Claus Surviving Surgery Saves Life for 55 Years Runs – CBS Baltimore

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) – Every year on holiday, Santa Claus delivers presents around the world, but this year, Santa Claus. Nick was worried that he might not make it to Christmas. But hundreds of people in a Western Maryland Community have come together to send some magic in Santa’s direction.

“Santa Claus” Bud Kline has been Santa Claus in Hagerstown, Md. for more than five decades. Generations of families have taken their holiday photos with Santa. But in 2018 he suffered some major health complications and earlier this year he had to go to the hospital when he developed a serious heart problem.

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“I have pneumonia and my heart is numb,” said “Santa Claus” Bud Kline. “I passed out, they worked with me for half an hour, and then worked with me for more than half an hour in the ambulance in the parking lot before they took me to the hospital.”

“Santa Claus” Bud Kline’s condition is so bad he must have a device to keep his heart beating.

“It’s very serious,” said Carol Grove, associate director of nursing at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown. “He has the ability to become terrible very quickly, very dangerously. I think the staff were able to realize very quickly what was happening and were able to intervene very quickly.”

“The support from the community has been amazing, we have hundreds of cards and balloons and gifts and messages,” said Grove.

The 4 year old kids told the older guy to get better. Some of the letters came from children in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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Some of the letters came from a nursery in Williamsport, Md.

“When she shared that he wasn’t feeling well, it was a bit sad so we were delighted when the kids sent him some little cards,” said Whitney Hoch, a parent. one parent said.

That love helped Santa to recover from his illness.

“Emotionally, it helped me because I didn’t know how to express it because children mean so much to me,” says “Santa Claus” Bud Kline.

After nearly two weeks in the hospital, Santa has earned a wish of his own. He was discharged just in time for his busy season.

After 55 years, “Santa Claus” Bud Kline is still working to bring magic to the holidays, and because of his recent surgery, he is now thinking about the possibility of continuing with the mission. on his vacation for 56 years.

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“I was going to quit smoking but I couldn’t. I just got a $1000 piece of clothing last year. I can’t quit now,” “Santa Claus” said Bud Kline through tears and laughter.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/17/life-saving-surgery-keeps-hagerstown-santas-55-year-run-alive/ Hagerstown’s Santa Claus Surviving Surgery Saves Life for 55 Years Runs – CBS Baltimore

JOE HERNANDEZ

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