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Dec 13 - Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Boy Dies in Santa's Arms
 

 
Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Boy Dies in Santa's Arms
by DANIELLA SILVA

A terminally ill 5-year-old boy had his final wish fulfilled, dying in the arms of Santa Claus after he was afraid he would miss Christmas.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen, with a classic long white beard and curled mustache, plays Saint Nick in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Schmitt-Matze told NBC affiliate WBIR in an emotional interview Monday how he answered the call to grant one child's final wish to see Saint Nick before he died.

"When I got there, it was my job to make sure he got Christmas," Schmitt-Matzen told WBIR through tears.

Schmitt-Matzen said he had just gotten home from work about a month and a half ago a when a nurse at a local hospital called him and said she had a very sick child who wanted to see Santa.

"He was more concerned about missing Christmas, than dying," Schmitt-Matzen told WBIR.

When he arrived, Schmitt-Matzen said he asked the unnamed boy's family to leave the hospital room if they thought they would get too emotional so that he wouldn't burst into tears himself.

The boy's mother gave him a gift to give the boy, "something he was always wanting," he said, toys from the children's animated series PAW Patrol.

"What's this I hear you're going to be missing Christmas this year?" Schmitt-Matzen said he asked the boy.

That's when the boy told him he heard he was going to die.

"Well, you're not going to miss Christmas, the elves already had your present, we knew you wanted this for a long time," he said he told the boy.

"Really?" the boy asked, according to Schmitt-Matzen.

He then gave the boy his gift "and that put a grin on his face," he said.

Schmitt-Matzen choked up as he told WBIR that he told the boy "When you get up those pearly gates, you just tell them you're Santa's number one elf."

"I am?" the boy asked, perking up, according to Schmitt-Matzen.

"You sure are, I'm sure they'll let you right in," he said.

The boy then gave him a big hug, he said, and "he just looked at me and said, Santa, can you help me?"

"And that's when he passed," Schmitt-Matzen said.

He told the publication that after the boy died, his mother ran back into the room screaming, and he left as fast as he could.

"I spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and I've seen my share of (stuff). But I ran by the nurses' station bawling my head off," he told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Schmitt-Matzen said he was ready to hang up his Santa suit for good in despair, but found the strength for one more children's show.

"When I saw all those children laughing, it brought me back into the fold. It made me realize the role I have to play," he told the Sentinel. "For them and for me."
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...I read this at work and had to walk away from my desk. I lost it.

21 comments for "Dec 13 - Terminally Ill 5-Year-Old Boy Dies in Santa's Arms"

 2 years ago '08        #2
I_make_beatz 20 heat pts20
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Yoooo, I this was a deeeeeeep ccrryyyyy bruh, I can't even front

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 2 years ago '04        #3
regularjoe 62 heat pts62 OP
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 IdolentNeg said
You're terrible for this, OP

This is sad. Just sad
Terrible for what?

The story is awful and sad, but not only does it give thought to the little boy and his journey, but hopefully makes all of us more appreciative of what we have around us. Like I said, I had to walk away from my desk bc I was legit crying -- it's heartbreaking.

 2 years ago '07        #4
FeedTheBeast 24 heat pts24
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Damn.........glad little homie went out with a smile on his face. Going home and hug my kids tonite.

 2 years ago '04        #5
jumpman2304 25 heat pts25
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sad as hell.

 2 years ago '16        #6
ajsteele 3 heat pts
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Terribly sad.

 2 years ago '13        #7
Phenom354 
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Santa is out here k*lling kids now

 2 years ago '16        #8
Black Soap 
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I know life ain't fair but damnit man

 2 years ago '09        #9
NastyNate825 21 heat pts21
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That santa is the real one mvp status

 2 years ago '04        #10
R Dot 4 heat pts
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Bro my shorty love Paw Patrol

 2 years ago '06        #11
Down-N-H-Town 6 heat pts
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man life is fu*ked up

 2 years ago '04        #12
K-Money 2 heat pts
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oh that one hurt.........

 2 years ago '06        #13
The Scenario 43 heat pts43
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"Well, you're not going to miss Christmas, the elves already had your present, we knew you wanted this for a long time...."

Onions right there.

 2 years ago '14        #14
Sithon 98 heat pts98
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 2 years ago '09        #15
Fatt Kidd BEP 3 heat pts
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Maybe I'm a d*ck but all I got from this was that boy died believing he was with Santa. That sh*t is cruel. Lil n*gga ghost gonna be hovering the Christmas tree waiting for the real Santa.

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 Fatt Kidd BEP said
Maybe I'm a d*ck but all I got from this was that boy died believing he was with Santa. That sh*t is cruel. Lil n*gga ghost gonna be hovering the Christmas tree waiting for the real Santa.
unecessary

 2 years ago '15        #18
Tw1tter Gang 64 heat pts64
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Everyday is a gift not to spent bi*ching on boxden.........

 2 years ago '07        #19
FeedTheBeast 24 heat pts24
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 Fatt Kidd BEP said
Maybe I'm a d*ck but all I got from this was that boy died believing he was with Santa. That sh*t is cruel. Lil n*gga ghost gonna be hovering the Christmas tree waiting for the real Santa.

Yeah you are a d*ck..........so how would you have handled a dying 5 year old kid asking to see Santa as his last wish?? Tell him "Hey dude aint no Santa and you still gonna die"

I swear some of yall muhfukkas was abused as children or just dumb as fu*k

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