-Extremely sick boy on the brink of dying dies in the arms of Santa Claus after satisfying his one last wish, dying wish to see him.
-Then, the hospital nurse called the 60-year old, Eric Schmitt-Matzen to come to the hospital as quick as possible.
-The boy's mom gave Schmitt-Matzen a gift to give to her son before he went in the room.
-Afterward, the boy asked Schmitt-Matzen how the latter knows where he is going, deliberately knowing that he's dying.
-As Santa as he is, he told the 5-year old boy,
"You're my number one elf ."
-Thereafter, the boy asked Schmitt-Matzen, the Santa if the latter could help him save his life, but before Santa could answer, the little boy died in his arms.
-Eric Schmitt-Matzen bursts into tears. He was crying for the entire time he was driving going back home.
-The 60-year old playing as Santa has fulfilled 3 other dying wishes that include a 9-year old.
KAMI found this life-changing experience and touching moments of a young boy's life and 60-year old unforgettable interactions on the Daily Mail web page.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen has played Santa at eighty performances each year, but it was this 5-year old boy in a Tennessee hospital he will always remember.
This co-owner of Packaging Seals & Engineering just arrived home from work when he received an emergency phone call over a month ago.
A nurse from the hospital where he frequently extends joy and Christmas cheer. He was told that it was about a terminally-ill 5-year old boy who deeply wanted to see Santa Claus as Schmitt-Matzen narrated the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The 60-year old mechanical engineer was about to change to his Santa Claus costume, but the nurse said that he should come as soon as possible, as the 5-year old boy didn't have much time left.
The nurse added that his Santa suspenders are good enough, and wanted him to come quickly.
So, he arrived 15 minutes after. The mother of the gave out a toy from the popular TV children's show PAW Patrol and asked him to give it to her little boy.
"I sized up the situation and told everyone, "If you think you're going to lose it, please leave the room. If I see you crying, I'll break down and can't do my job."
"When I turned around, where is everyone? Already outside, crying in the hallway."
Schmitt-Matzen entered the room and saw the boy while the relatives were watching from the window of the Intensive Care Unit.
"He was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep."
The 60-year old sat down on the little boy's bed and asked,
"Say, what's this I hear about you're gonna miss Christmas? There's no way you can miss Christmas.'"
"Why, you're my Number One elf!"
The young boy asked him if he was Santa Claus with his perfect beard.
"He was so weak he could barely open the wrapping paper. When he saw what was inside, he flashed a big smile and laid his head back down."
He answered the boy that he is, and he gave the boy the gift that came from his mother.
Then, the boy had a big question for him.
"They say I'm gonna die. How can I tell when I get to where I'm going?"
So, Santa answered,
"When you get there, you tell them you're Santa's Number One elf, and I know they'll let you in."
The child replied,
Schmitt-Matzen confidently answered with a big yes. Then, the boy sat up and gave him a huge hug. However, he had one more question.
"Santa, can you help me?"
The 60-year old Santa Claus wrapped his arms around the boy, but before he could even answer, the young boy died right there.
He didn't know that it would be his final words.
The 5-year old boy was in Santa Claus's arms when he passed from this world.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen was left looking up in the air with tears beginning to fall on his face. He let the young boy stay in his arms, and he kept hugging and holding the boy.
When the family realized about what happened, the mother immediately ran into the room crying and screaming. He added,
"I handed her son back and left as fast as I could."
The Santa Claus was completely shattered and cried the entire drive back home. He even had to pull over a few times, and they're scheduled to visit their grandchildren in Nashville the following day, but he told his wife to go alone as he was still deeply affected by what happened to the point where he thought of quitting being a Santa Claus.
However, when he sees people waving and smiling at him, and taking pictures with him. He is reminded by his wife that he is doing it not for himself but he is bringing the Christmas spirit to the people, and that is what matters most.
Here's an interview with the Santa Claus, 60-year old Eric Schmitt-Matzen.
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