A terminally ill Tennessee child had his final wish of seeing Santa Claus granted as the child died in old Saint Nicholas’ arms.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen, 60, who works as a part-time Santa, spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about a phone call he received last month from an acquaintance who is a nurse at a local hospital.
The man had just arrived home from work when he received a call about a very sick five-year-old boy.
“The telephone rang. It was a nurse I know who works at the hospital. She said there was a very sick five-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus,” the mechanical engineer told the USA Today network. “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.’”
According to the network, Schmitt-Matzen is a professionally trained Santa actor who works about …