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Philly firefighters host Christmas party for boy awaiting heart, lung transplants at CHOP

Weston Keeton is awaiting a heart and double-lung transplant at Children’s Hospital.
Weston Keeton is awaiting a heart and double-lung transplant at Children’s Hospital.

Santa will have to find the Keeton family in Philadelphia this year, and city firefighters are making that task a little easier.

Six-year-old Weston Keeton of Kingsport, Tenn., is awaiting a heart and double-lung transplant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is living with some of his family members at the Gift of Life Family House.

Today, IAFF Local 22, which represents Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics, is hosting a Christmas party for Weston and his family. His parents and all six of his siblings will be in town for the festivities.

That could have made Santa's job finding the Tennessee clan tougher -- but the union expects Santa to make an early appearance in Philadelphia this afternoon. And Weston will have some hands-on Christmas gifts: operating fire engine hoses and sirens. The family will also be treated to holiday music and treats.

More coverage
  • Boy, 6, awaits heart transplant at CHOP
  • Weston was hospitalized at CHOP from June 2011 until November 2012, when he was discharged to Gift of Life.


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