Santa Comes To bedside of Terminally Ill Boy For A Final Wish

December 12, 2016

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Eric Schmitt-Matzen is a mechanical engineer who lives in Tennessee and over the past few years, he has helped Santa Claus out by filling in for the big guy who is exceptionally busy this time of the year.  Eric spends most of his time helping Santa at a children's hospital.  However Eric received an emergency call from the hospital a few weeks ago with a plea to immediately come to see a 5 year old boy.  The boy was terminally ill and had taken a turn for the worst. As Eric tears up to recount the story, he rushed in to hospital and was told of the boy's fate and that all he wanted was to see Santa.  The boy's mother held out a toy from the popular children's show PAW Patrol, and asked him to give it to her son. It was then Eric said he sized up the saturation and told anyone who would be in the room that if they were going to lose it to please stay out because if they break down, he couldn't do his job.  As the boy's relatives watched with tear-soaked eyes though a window, Santa entered the room and sat next to the boy who was so weak and looked like he was ready to go to sleep.  Santa sat down and told the boy, "say, what's this I hear about you're gonna miss Christmas?  There's no way you can miss Christmas." Santa told the boy, "Why, You're my Number One elf!"  The little boy looked up at Eric and said, "I am?" Eric replies "Yes". Then the little boy asked Santa a big question. 'They say I'm gonna die,' he told Eric. 'How can I tell when I get to where I'm going?'  Eric then asked the little boy to do him a 'big favor'. 'When you get there, you tell them you're Santa's Number One elf, and I know they'll let you in,' he told the boy.  'They will?' the child asked.  'Sure!' Santa said. The little boy sat up and gave him a big hug. He had one more question: 'Santa, can you help me?' Eric said he wrapped his arms around him and before he knew it, the boy had said his final words. The boy passed away in Santa’s arms.  Eric handed the boy back to his crying mother as he tried to take in what just happened.  The experience left Eric wondering if he could ever help Santa in filling in for him at the hospital again.  But Eric realized that it’s moments like this that makes his job so important.  After a few days off the clock, he was back at the children’s hospital doing what he promised to do, help the kids at Christmas time.

SOURCE: Knoxville News Sentinel

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