Earlier this week, there was a story that went viral online about a terminally ill boy who died in the arms of Santa Claus. This tale certainly touched the hearts of those who have read it. However, new claims are stating that the story was all made up and none of that really happened.
First, let us take a quick look at what the story was about. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Eric Schmitt-Matzen, the Santa, received a call from a nurse asking him to stop by at the hospital. It is for a 5-year-old boy who wants to see Santa before he dies.
So, Schmitt-Matzen headed to the hospital on that same day. Upon entering the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the boy?s mother handed him a toy and asked him to give it to her son. So, when he finally met the sick boy, he gave him the toy which made the little guy smile.
The ending of the story, on the other hand, could not be more dramatical. The boy gave Schmitt-Matzen a big hug and before they even let go of each other, he died in the arms of Santa Claus. This story made a lot of readers teary-eyed. But, the same publication released a statement that the story may not be true at all.
Knoxville News Sentinel first clarified that the tale did not come to them first-hand. Details came to the publication through a source before they contacted Schmitt-Matzen for an interview. During the initial talk, he told the publication that he wanted to protect the identities of the child?s family as well as the nurse. That was also his stand in the next interviews conducted by the news portal.
However, the editors released a statement saying, ?Since publication, the News Sentinel has done additional investigation in an attempt to independently verify Schmitt-Matzen?s account. This has proven unsuccessful ? Therefore, because the story does not meet the newspaper?s standards of verification, we are no longer standing by the veracity of Schmitt-Matzen?s account.?
As a result of this disclaimer from the publication, rumors about the story being a hoax started circulating online. There are some who believed that the tale was all made up and was just intended for publicity. But, there are still those who support Schmitt-Matzen and believe that the story is not fake.
How about you? Do you think that the story of the boy who died in the arms of Santa Claus was a hoax? Or, do you believe that it is true? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.