A child with cancer died while being held by Santa Claus

In a poignant incident, Eric Schmitt-Matzen, aged 60, shared a heartfelt story from his experiences as a Santa Claus volunteer who frequently visits hospitals. A nurse urgently contacted him to meet a gravely ill 5-year-old boy, underscoring the significance of a swift response.

Rushing to the hospital, Eric greeted the child with a warm “Hello” and inquired about the news that he might not be home for Christmas. Despite the child’s weakened state, he joyfully referred to Eric as his favorite elf. A PAW Patrol toy was gifted, and the two shared a heartfelt embrace.

During their time together, the child, curious about the afterlife, asked Eric what happens when we die. Eric responded with comforting words, saying, “When you get there, you tell them you’re Santa’s number one elf.” Tragically, the child passed away in Eric’s arms, leaving his parents grief-stricken.

Witnessing the mother’s tears, Eric tenderly returned her son, prompting him to reflect on whether he could continue being Santa after such a heartbreaking experience. This somber event serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that small acts of kindness can have on those enduring difficult times.