Christmas stockings

UT Health Henderson welcomed its first baby of December on Dec. 3. Ezra Michael Eggleston, born to Kristina Eggleston and Justin Dykes, weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches. He was one of the first babies to receive a stocking from UT Health East Texas. Ezra was welcomed home by big brother Kaiden.

Christmas stockings are being stuffed with the most precious gift of all this season – bundles of baby joy.

 UT Health East Texas is presenting all new mothers with hand-sewn stockings embroidered with the UT Health East Texas logo.

“We are so pleased our labor and delivery departments can offer these hand-sewn special keepsakes during the holiday season,” said Moody Chisholm, UT Health East Texas President and CEO. “These parents already are taking home the best gift possible this season, and we hope this stocking is a fun reminder for years to come of how small their bundle of joy once was.”

Lauren and Kyle Nicholson, of Lindale, were the first recipients of one of the stockings when they welcomed their first child, Hannah Alysce, at UT Health Tyler about noon on Dec. 1.The oversized felt stockings were hand sewn by the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church’s Relief Society, which provides humanitarian efforts locally and worldwide, jumped at the chance to help, said Lance Seahorn, manager of bed control for UT Health Tyler, who also attends the church.

“The good women of the church said you bet we’d love to donate the stockings to send these precious little gifts home in, so they went to work and in over a couple weeks they had more than 130,” Seahorn said. “And there are more to come.”

Three other babies have been born within the UT Health East Texas system, including Ezra Michael Eggleston, born Dec. 3 at UT Health Henderson to Kristina Eggleston and Justin Dykes weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 20 inches. Other babies were born at UT Health Jacksonville and UT Health Athens.

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