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11/25/04

Candler Hospital Serves Up Thanksgiving

Holiday or not, many people are spending this Thanksgiving in the hospital. Employees are doing everything they can to spread a little Thanksgiving Day cheer and the patients are making the best of the day, too.

The cooks at Candler cooked up hundreds of Thanksgiving meals for the patients, doctors and employees. "Unfortunately, since we are a hospital, we still have work to do, so we still have patients to serve and it's pretty much a normal day for us," said the hospital's Tara Best.

But not a normal meal. Today they're serving a Thanksgiving feast.

"We try to make it a little bit more pleasurable for them by serving a traditional Thanksgiving--cornbread dressing, sweet potato pie, things like that so they can also feel like it's a holiday for even, even though they are sick and not feeling their best," said Best.

The cooks didn't have to prepare as many meals today as a normal day. That's because they released as many patients as they could for the holiday, but some people we forced to be there.

But patient Victoria Cox isn't complaining. She's here because at 12:02am today, she gave birth to a baby boy. "Even though it's Thanksgiving Day and you want to be home with your family and friends, I can't think of anything better than having him here."

Justin weighs seven pounds, three ounces and was born almost a month early. "My due date is actually around Christmastime, but my husband all year kept saying I would have him on Thanksgiving and I did, so he got his wish."

Just one more thing the family has to be thankful for this year.

Today, Candler Hospital cooks fed more than 3,000 people, and the employees got to eat for free.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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