'Pony Time' at the children's hospital - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

'Pony Time' at the children's hospital

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Sixteen-year-old Frederick Green is a patient at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, and on most days he's not hanging out with a pony on hospital grounds. 

"It's rare that I see horses and stuff when I'm traveling back and forth to Jackson," says Green, who lives in Greenville. 

Eleven-year-old Call Wilson is recovering from a blood vessel condition and a stroke. 

"I've been on a horse before. I love it," he tells us. 

Green, Wilson and other Blair E. Batson patients had a chance to step outside Thursday morning and pet a pony named Nellie, and the people that made this happen are also children: six-year-old twins Zoe and Zayda Morgan of Brandon. Their family owns lots of farm animals, but the girls wanted to provide something special for the families. 

"Raise money for the Blair E. Batson Hospital," Zoe tells us. 

So over the weekend, the girls got busy squeezing lemons to make lemonade. They sold enough lemonade outside their father's business on Highway 471 to earn $342.  They used the money for supplies, and also to buy restaurant gift cards for families of the patients. 

Four-year-old Sara Wittwer's family travels from Hattiesburg for her stays at Blair E. Batson. Sara is being treated for leukemia. 

"It's a 2 1/2 year process, so she's in and out quite a bit," says Sara's mom, Elizabeth. "It's always enjoyable to be able to get out of the hospital room and come outside and see something exciting like a pony."

The Morgans budgeted for the event with help from their mother, so they also got a lesson in financial planning. 

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