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Children in hospital say they're thankful for their family and their toys


The true spirit of Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and things we love. For those going through a rough time, it can be hard to find the joy. Take a trip to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and you can learn that there's always something to be thankful for.

Anthony Middaugh often has to take trips to the hospital because he has seizures.

"I'm thankful for my mom to... to having a sleep over," said Anthony, who is eight-years-old.

"I'm thankful for all the doctors and nurses who make this a little bit easier throughout the time we're here," said Megan, Anthony's mom.

Six-year-old Haneen Eltyeb had to go to the hospital because her ankle has been hurting. So far, she doesn't know why. She does know that she's thankful for her parents.

"I like them," said Eltyeb.

Yesenia Quinteros has spend a lot of time in the hospital with her daughter because the young girl has a brain tumor. Luckily, the girl is recovering well from a recent surgery.

"I am thankful that we're going home today and that she has done a wonderful recovery," said Quinteros.

Christopher Turnis is nine and has pretty much grown up at the hospital. He has a disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis and he also had a kidney transplant three years ago.

"I'm sick and you kind of have to be at a hospital if you're sick," said Christopher.

Despite that, he's looking forward to Thanksgiving and a potential trip home.

"I'm thankful for our family," said Christopher.

"I'm thankful for my family," said Kristina, Christopher's mother. " I'm thankful we get to go home."

Doctors aren't sure what's wrong with four-year-old Myia Rubner. They think a virus got into her body. She says she's at the hospital to make the "boo-boos" go away. She told us she's thankful for family first and then her teddy bear.

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