So incredibly heartbreaking.
One terminally-ill boy got his final Christmas wish of seeing Santa Claus — just moments before passing away.
Eric Schmitt-Matzen (pictured above) plays Santa at over 80 different gigs every holiday season, but one 5-year-old boy at a Tennessee hospital changed his life forever.
Weeks ago, the mechanical engineer had just gotten home from work when he received an urgent phone call from a nurse who worked at a hospital where Schmitt-Matzen frequently spreads holiday cheer.
The 60-year-old was told there was a "very sick 5-year-old boy" who wanted to see Santa — and he didn't have much time left.
Fifteen minutes later, Schmitt-Matzen arrived in his Santa suspenders. The boy's mother held out a toy from the children's show PAW Patrol, and asked him to give it to her son.
The Santa impersonator told the Knoxville News Sentinel he saw the boy in the Intensive Care Unit, recounting: