Santa Claus to make a cyber-stop at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

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CINCINNATI - Santa Claus and Christmas go hand-in-hand for many children around the world. However, some of those children never get to whisper their Christmas wish into Santa's ear because they are too ill or isolated in the hospital.

Not speaking to Santa Claus will change for many hospitalized children this year.

Santa will beam into Children's Hospital live Thursday from the North Pole to visit children too sick to visit him.

Cincinnati Children's has joined with Cisco Systems to bring Santa to its patients, using a video monitor and web-enabled camera.

Isolated patients and patients who are not well enough to leave their rooms will be able to chat live with Santa Claus and relay their wish lists to him even though they won't be able to see him in person.

Santa will be set up in another location of the hospital that will be decorated to look like the North Pole and his special elves (hospital staff) will be making special instant deliveries of gifts to the children.

During the 2012 holiday season, more than 30 hospitals throughout the United States will participate in the Cisco Santa Connection Program, according to a press release.

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