TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Mrs. Claus paid a surprise visit to a medical team in Teaneck on Wednesday with a personal message of thanks.

Bonnie Patrick-Mattalian dressed up in the costume to visit Holy Name Medical Center, where she and her husband were hospitalized with COVID in December 2020.

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“I had double pneumonia in both lungs. My organs started shutting down,” Patrick-Mattalian said. “These health care workers here at Holy Name and everywhere deserve a debt of gratitude, forever.”

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“It gives us a lot of pride. It reminds us this is the reason why we do it. It’s to give people a chance to come back to their normal lives,” Dr. Jose Gomez-Marquez said.

The doctors and nurse wiped away tears at the gesture.

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Patrick-Mattalian also gave them glass angel ornaments.

CBSNewYork Team