UT Health East Texas Christmas tree lit by former patient who is now on staff

UT Health East Texas Christmas tree lit by former patient who is now on staff

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.

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