Operation Santa Claus
Dennis and Marie Green have played Santa and Mrs. Claus for 21 years. The couple from Greenwood, South Carolina began the holiday tradition at Dennis’s annual Christmas party. His jolly beard and her twinkling smile reminded friends and co-workers of the holiday’s most celebrated duo.
The Greens began visiting churches and family-friendly establishments each holiday season to listen to Christmas wishes from children throughout the community.
In October, Green had bypass surgery at Lexington Medical Center after experiencing severe angina, a type of chest pain that is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart.
Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery and Lexington Medical Center’s cardiology team made sure Santa was healthy in time for Christmas.
He was back to taking Christmas lists from children after just two weeks.
“I didn’t have to shave my beard for surgery, which is very important this time of year,” added Green.
Cardiac surgery is a powerful treatment that restores heart function and saves lives. It’s one of the most critical components of the complete heart and vascular program at Lexington Medical Center.