KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - There is yet another new twist in the story of a Santa who said a terminally ill child died in his arms.
Thursday came reports that Eric Schmitt-Matzen might have made the entire tear-jerking tale up.
But Friday night, a television station in Knoxville, Tenneessee said it is sticking by Schmitt-Matzen and his story.
WBIR report that it has been able to independently confirm many of the details of his story including the part where a nurse called Schmitt-Matzen in the hospital to fulfill the dying wish of that 5-year-old boy.
Schmitt-Matzen reportedly refused to share the nurse’s name with other stations because he feared she could be punished for calling a "non-family member" into the intensive care unit without hospital approval.
The station said it will not share the nurse’s name or the family’s information out of respect for the privacy of everyone involved.