Virtual reality brings winter wonderland experience to kids in hospital – WSB-TV Channel 2

As families across Georgia prepare for Christmas, some parents may have to spend the holiday in the hospital.

Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer shows us how some of the children in the hospital are actually being taken to a special place.

Atlanta tech company Trick 3D and Seacrest Studios have brought the “Merriest Elf” virtual reality experience to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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“Seeing Santa and visiting the North Pole for the first time. They were really fun to watch,” said Grant Eccles, senior coordinator of volunteer services.

Parents had to watch in amazement on big-screen TVs as their children moved into a high-tech winter wonderland.

“It was really beautiful, really detailed. You could see the sled… you could see everything around,” said parent Grant Eccles.


Tamiya Blassingame has a rare blood disorder and left her hospital room for the first time in days for this trip to the North Pole.

He asked Santa for a motorized scooter for Christmas.

“It’s nice to have something outside of the room to put a smile on her face,” said Tamiya’s mother, Natasha Blassingame.

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The teams at Children’s Health Atlanta are trying to get as many kids as possible for Christmas.

But as always, they will take care of the children 24 hours a day.


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