Terminally Ill Little Boy Dies in Santa's Arms: 'I Cried All the Way Home'
Yesterday we brought you the heartbreaking story of a terminally ill little boy who was visited by Santa Claus.
Now we're hearing more from Eric Schmitt-Matzen, the Santa who answered the call to grant one child's final wish to see St. Nick before he died.
Schmitt-Matzen told WBIR that the five-year-old boy was more concerned about missing Christmas than dying.
He told the boy that he wasn't going to miss the holiday, and he presented him with a present.
"And that put a grin on his face," Schmitt-Matzen said.
He choked up as he said that he told the boy, "When you get up those pearly gates, you just tell them you're Santa's number one elf."
He said the boy perked up and asked, "I am?"
"You sure are, I'm sure they'll let you right in," he said.
The boy then gave him a big hug and said, "Santa, can you help me?"
"And that's when he passed," Schmitt-Matzen told WBIR through tears.
“I cried all the way home,” Schmitt-Matzen told USA Today. “I was crying so hard, I had a tough time seeing good enough to drive.
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