Blue Wahoos players, mascot visit pediatric patients at HCA Florida West Hospital

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Putting smiles on patient’s faces. That was the goal of the Blue Wahoos as players and the team mascot, Kazoo, paid a visit to the Pediatric Unit at HCA Florida West Hospital.

“It sure means so much to come help out and hopefully put some smiles on some faces,” Blue Wahoos pitcher Ike Buxton said. “So that’s all we can really hope for, and for everyone a speedy recovery. That’s our whole objective of being here today.”

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They handed out gear and took photos with patients.

It was a special gesture for Jackson Jordan, a young baseball player with a leg injury in the hospital.

“I’m not able to play because of the injury so it meant a lot,” Jordan said.

HCA Florida West Hospital said visits like these help lift the spirits of children and families during their time at the hospital.

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“A lot of these kids are here for days maybe weeks at a time, and anytime they can get a break from their usual hospital stay is great especially when they’re fans, and we have a lot of fans,” HCA Florida West Hospital Critical Care and Pediatrics Director Joe Sabat said.

They’re hoping for a speedy recovery, and to see them at the park this spring.

“It’s a really cool opportunity for us to be here. I mean it just really puts things in perspective, and we’re really grateful for the opportunity to be here,” Blue Wahoos third baseman Jacob Berry said. “It’s great to see the kids and families and everything like that, and hopefully they’re getting better and can come out and support us in the spring.”

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