"Rabbi Delivers Gifts To More Than 100 Sick Kids In The Hospital On Christmas" -Allison Kaden
Millions of children across the tri-state woke up Christmas morning and found presents under the tree but some could not be at home. They were spending the holiday in the hospital. Alina Marie Herrera's son, Freddy, was admitted to Mount Sinai Beth Israel several days before Christmas. The 6 year old was diagnosed with pneumonia and needed constant care and oxygen. A local rabbi continued a family tradition of bringing toys to children at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital. Dr. Matthew Marks is Freddy's physician and says, "A couple of kids have been here for a number of days. It takes its toll on the family too." It wasn't the Christmas Freddy's family had planned, but they did get a nice gift. In the end, Dr. Marks decided to discharge Freddy, which allowed the family to finish the holiday in their Harlem home.
— Matthew S. Marks, MD, Instructor, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, The Mount Sinai Hospital. Mount Sinai Beth Israel