Santa Claus actor Eric Schmitt-Matzen
Photo provided to Knoxville’s News Sentinel
– Editor’s Note:
I arrived from Europe into America’s Midwest on December 11, 2016 to this news story on all of the local channels, from the Knowville, TN. News Sentinel.
– “SANTA GRANTS FINAL WISH TO 5 YEAR OLD BOY.”
By Sam Venable, Special to the Knoxville News Sentinel:
“The telephone rang. It was a nurse I know who works at the hospital. She said there was a very sick 5-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus.
“I told her, ‘OK, just let me change into my outfit.’ She said, ‘There isn’t time for that. Your Santa suspenders are good enough. Come right now.’ ”
Schmitt-Matzen got to the hospital in 15 minutes. He met the lad’s mother and several family members.
“They say I’m gonna die,’ he told me. ‘How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’
“I said, ‘Can you do me a big favor?’
“He said, ‘Sure!’
“When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.
“He said, ‘They will?’
“I said, ‘Sure!’
“He kinda sat up and gave me a big hug and asked one more question: ‘Santa, can you help me?’
“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there. I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him.
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