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Paragould mother had wish granted for Christmas

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)-Two wishes were granted this Christmas for one Paragould mother:to have a year without surgeries for her son and to spent the holidays with everyone under the same roof.

Last year, Ashley Hutcheson spent most of her time at Arkansas Children's Hospital with her son Harrison. He had to undergo 5 surgeries after being born with a bilateral clef palate.

"It's nerve racking especially when you have other children at home, you want to be near your family and then you have your other children," Hutcheson said. "It's such a blessing to be able to home with your children, all of your children, especially the one that's in the hospital."

In November Hutcheson organized a toy drive for kids at ACH so they would have a gift on Christmas.

"From the toy drive we raised over 100 toys and then we had 'An Evening with Santa' and raised $666 dollars and Arkansas Children's Hospital said someone was going to match that," she said. 

And this year the hospital did something a bit different.

"They actually had a room set up where the parents could go in and pick out their own toys for the children," Hutcheson explained.

She said she knows how hard the holidays can be on a family especially when you have a sick child

"The gas, food, hotel accommodations that some people have to have and thinking about all of that and then thinking about buying gifts,it's very overwhelming."

Overwhelming but now a thing of the past.

"If it wasn't for them, I mean I don't know if I would be here having Christmas with my so," she said. 

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