“The worst story of his life,” is how a 60-year-old engineer who dresses up as Santa Claus at Christmas to visit sick children described it.
Child with cancer dies in the arms of Santa Claus
In tears, a mechanical engineer told a touching story of dressing up as Santa Claus to visit sick children.
The man, identified as Eric Schmitt Matzen, told how a five-year-old boy with terminal cancer died in his arms.
It all started when he received a call from a nurse, who told him that a child wanted to meet him, but he had to hurry because he had only a few hours to live.
Without thinking, Schmitt put on his Santa suit and rushed to the hospital. He was greeted by the child’s mother and the nurse, but he asked to be left alone with the boy for a moment to talk to him.
“The little boy was very weak, he looked as if he was ready to sleep forever, he saw me and smiled, I sat on the edge of his bed and told him: ‘Did I hear that you are going to miss Christmas? No way you can miss Christmas!…you know what, you are my number one elf, my favorite, then the boy lit up his face and asked me: ‘Really?'”, he said.
Then the boy asked, “‘They say I’m going to die, how will I know where I’m going when I get there?'” to which Santa replied, “When you get there you tell him you’re Santa’s number one elf and he’ll come right in,” the man recounted.
After that, the child hugged him tightly, fainted in his arms as if falling asleep, but did not wake up.
The story was published on social networks and picked up by Univisión Noticias, who published the moving narration of Schmitt, who could not hold back his tears.
The child’s mother immediately entered the room shouting: “No! Not yet! Not yet!”, then “I handed her son over and left immediately. It affected me so much that I question whether I will ever play Santa Claus again another year.”