TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Fewer than two years ago, Shawn Gonter was a trauma patient at UT Health Tyler after a serious motorcycle accident.
Gonter now works for UT Health as a physician assistant, and on Tuesday he had the honor of lighting the hospital’s outdoor Christmas tree during a public ceremony.
Santa arrived in his sleigh, with live reindeer, on the hospital’s front lawn.
The tree-lighting ceremony was scheduled for 5:20 p.m. with Gonter illuminating the tree, carrying on a 31-year tradition of former patients lighting the tree.
There were refreshments and Christmas carols performed by the Moore Middle School sixth-grade choir.