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Indiana mall Santa gives milk to 4-year-old boy through feeding tube

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By FINNIAN CURRAN, Storyful

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CIRCA via STORYFUL) — A mall Santa Claus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, gave a 4-year-old boy a memorable moment after the man in red fed him milk through his feeding tube on Dec. 9.

Beth Salzbrenner's son Austin has been using a feeding tube since he was 9 months old. Austin became able to eat food orally in September, after he finally got the all-clear from doctors.

Austin’s mother wanted to commemorate the occasion with a photograph and took Austin to see Santa in Glenbrook Square Mall in Fort Wayne. Fortunately for the family, the mall Santa was more than obliged to feed Austin milk through his feeding tube, as well as give him cookies.

Speaking to local media in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Salzbrenner said it’s the first Christmas in more than two years that Austin has gotten to eat cookies.

“He was just so mesmerized that Santa was feeding him,” Salzbrenner said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Mommy, see what he’s doing? He’s giving my milkies.’”

WANE
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