UK nurses grant patient's Christmas wish

Published: Dec. 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM EST
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Some nurses at UK Hospital are bringing Christmas to a very special patient.

Mickey Mills has been hospitalized since Christmas Eve, 2014. He is waiting on a heart transplant, and his nurses don't know if he'll make it home in time for Christmas.

"We have obviously the Christmas tree, and then we have lots of little ornaments everywhere, lots of little nick knacks, Christmas cookies. We have candy canes. We have just about anything and everything you can think of that would make it look like Christmas," notes Jennifer Jones, an RN in the Cardiovascular ICU.

Jones and fellow nurse Joy Coles brought Christmas to a conference room for their patient, Mills.

"Mickey is the quintessential, hard-working American blue collar man," describes Jones.

Coles calls him, "good ol' fashioned, down home, Kentucky home good folk."

Last Christmas, Mills entered UK Hospital.

"We noticed that Mr. Mills wasn't able to get in the holiday spirit," says Coles.

This year, Coles and Jones decided to bring Christmas to Mills. They decorated a conference room for him, and brought in his family, including a grandson he's never met.

The Dream Foundation helped make Mickey's Christmas wish come true. They provided all transportation and housing for the Mills family for the weekend.

The family is raising funds to help pay for Mills's mounting medical expenses. There is a link to their fund-raising site under "related links."