OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, two young, special needs children will have the time of their lives.
EMSA crews and the Oklahoma City Zoo are partnering together to treat 6-year-old twins, Emma and Kamden to a special day at the Zoo’s annual Easter Egg hunt.
Kamden is wheelchair bound and suffers from cerebral palsy and autism.
His 6-year-old sister, Emma has suffered brain bleeds and brain lesions and struggles with anxiety.
Paramedics, Heather Yazdanipour, Theresa Parsons and Carol Babcock volunteered their scheduled day off to pick up Kamden and Emma up from their home in an EMSA ambulance and transport them safely to the Zoo’s HOPabaloo.
The twin’s mom, Kami Kearney, says “Kamden has never been able to hunt Easter eggs before. He can’t move quickly and the other children pass him by. Kamden is over the moon excited to be like the other kids!”
Paramedic Heather Yazdanipour has volunteered to escort special needs children to the Zoo for the past 5 years. She says, “There’s nothing more touching than making a child happy. At EMSA we see so many tragic scenes with children. This event is a delight from the moment we show up in our shiny ambulance to the moment they collect their first Easter Egg. The OKC Zoo really treats the children right!”
The Oklahoma City Zoo’s HOPabaloo “eggs”travanganza attracts hundreds of children to their organized Easter Egg hunts.