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Christmas Joy: Toledo family gifts hospital patients new blankets in memory of late daughter

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The hospital can be an isolating place for anyone, no matter what time of year it is, but spending the holidays in the hospital, as a patient, a visitor, or an employee, can make you feel even more alone.

A local mother, Michelle Lewallen, knows better than pretty much anyone, what it’s like to spend Christmas in a dark patient room. She tells 13abc that her daughter Jill spent most of her life in and out of the hospital, struggling with cystic fibrosis.

“She was diagnosed at five months old. In November of 2018, she got her double lung transplant,” said Lewallen.

Lewallen says that Jill caught pneumonia a few months after the successful transplant.

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