Terminally ill child dies in Santa’s arms

Terminally ill child dies in Santa’s arms

[Ed. – We had planned to run this heartbreaking story out of Nashville as a feature post but were unable to improve on Cherine Akbari’s tender retelling or master the composure needed to write fresh copy about it without bursting into tears. You are urged to click on the link provided and read the original.]

A man dressed as Santa Claus visited a terminally ill child, granting him his final dying wish.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen said a nurse who worked in a pediatric intensive care unit called him, asking him to come quickly to visit the 5-year-old boy’s bedside.


He arrived at the hospital minutes later, and met the child’s family. The boy’s mother handed him a present to give to her son.


The family watched from a hallway window as he entered the boy’s room.

Schmitt-Matzen said the boy was incredibly weak as he opened his present, but smiled when he saw the gift.

“‘They say I’m going to die. How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’” the boy asked.

Schmitt-Matzen replied, “When you get there, you tell them you’re Santa’s number one elf, and I know they’ll let you in.”

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