The ability to go home, for one Via Christi patient proved to be a trek that he would never forget.

The ability to go home, for one Via Christi patient proved to be a trek that he would never forget.

The trip culminated Friday with a trip across the hallway of the hospital’s therapy room to spent time with those that made his trip home possible.

The staff at Via Christi watched as patient David Stokesberry moved across the hall from his room on the second floor of the hospital to the therapy room where he found a collection of gifts for he and his family in Coffeyville.

“I didn’t think I was ever going to get to go home,” Stokesberry said.

Inside the therapy room, he found nurses and therapists who helped him make the trip to Coffeyville for Christmas.

“The staff has been phenomenal,” Stokesberry said. “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today. They put me in a position where I can go home and continue recouping.”

Initially, Stokesberry thought he was going across the hall for a going-away picture, but he was unaware that the staff of the hospital’s fourth floor came together to give presents for Stokesberry and his family.

“We have some something to give you,” said Kim Watkins, CRTS, as she walked over to Stokesberry’s chair with her arms full of wrapped presents and envelopes.

He repeated “thank you” over and over until his emotions got the best of him. Stokesberry has three children: two sons, aged eight and 18 as well a 13-year-old daughter.

Sandy Krusich of Social Services organized the present and donation drive for the Stokesberry’s. Included with the presents and gifts was a turkey for the family’s Christmas dinner.

“At a hospital, especially at this time of year, you take care of not just the patient but the entire family,” Watkins said. “This is one less worry for David when he gets home To see his reaction, his appreciation, we know on Christmas day that his children will react the same way.”