A U.S. man granted a dying 5-year-old boy’s final wish to meet Santa Claus at his bedside.
60-year-old Eric Schmitt-Matzen put on his Santa Claus outfit to grant the terminally ill boy’s final wish at a local Tennessee hospital. Schmitt-Matzen reveals how he gave the boy a gift and a Christmas present before the boy passed away in his arms.
The boy’s family tearfully watched on from the hallway, as Schmitt-Matzen revealed:
The Santa impersonator had asked the family to stay outside the room if they were going to break down in tears, explaining:
This heart-breaking story is actually the fourth time that Schmitt-Matzen has dressed up to make a death-bed visit in his six years of playing the role of Santa Claus.
(Mr Schmitt-Matzen with his wife, who also sometimes dresses as ‘Mrs Claus’)
Mr Schmitt-Matzen revealed:
Mr. Schitt-Matzen gave the dying boy a toy from the television show PAW Patrol, which had been bought by his mother, before the boy asked where he would go when he died. Schmitt-Matzen replied that the boy was “Santa’s Number One elf” and he would be welcomed. The boy then gave Santa a hug as he asked, “Santa, can you help me?” before passing away in Mr. Schmitt-Matzen’s arms.
“It’s still tough to relive,” the Santa impersonator said, but noted that he would do it again, “If somebody calls I’ll do it. It hurts, but I’ll do it.”
A heart-breaking story, but Mr. Schmitt-Matzen is a true Christmas hero.