Jul 9, 2012 6:34 PM by Andy Koen

A "beary" happy day

There was a happy reunion for a little girl and her family who lost their home and her favorite teddy bear to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Saint Francis Medical Center CEO Nate Olson gave 7-year-old Lily Rottenborn a new bear this morning.

Lily had been a patient at the hospital four years ago and was given the first bear as a gift to comfort her. It quickly became her favorite.

The Rottenborn family was on vacation when the fire broke out and Lily had left the bear at home. She says her new bear, named "Walda," won't leave her side.

"I'm probably going to play with her a lot, bring her everywhere,"Lily said.

Lily's family contacted the hospital via Facebook to see if they had any more bears like the one she lost. After a lot of searching using a photo for comparison, hospital employees found a perfect match.

The bear even made several cameo appearances on the hospital Facebook page before finding its way into Lily's arms.


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