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Kentucky Children's Hospital patients can try escape room this holiday season

Posted at 5:26 AM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 06:20:15-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Dalton Green makes his way through a room packed with holiday decorations.

He starts at the Christmas tree, where an ornament is his first clue. Then on to a xylophone where he plays carols. And finally as time ticks off the clock, he unlocks a hidden compartment in the fireplace, opening it to find a Santa hat.

"It was really close," Green said.

Dalton was participating in an "escape room," set up at the Kentucky Children's Hospital by Breakout Games.

"We started brainstorming in July how could we transform a part of the children's hospital into one of our escape rooms and allow families that can't leave the hospital with their patients during the holiday season to have a really fun, unique experience right here in the walls of the hospital," said Breakout Games Marketing Director, Cassie Dilly.

It's a chance for patients to just feel like a kid, Dalton said.

Dalton was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease that left him immobile and unresponsive.

But his family credits his doctors at the hospital for his condition today.

"I truly believe that if we weren't here, we wouldn't have Dalton standing here with us," mom Julie Green said.

These days, Dalton says he's feeling good.

"Today I am up and at 'em," he said. "I play soccer, I do golf, I am giving to others and I just love every part about it."

The escape room is open for a couple weeks this holiday season, Dilly said, and one or two patients have used it each day.