“I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa’.
He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.
He talked to Matthew for a long time. Let him feel all over him. Told him to pull his beard, feel his hat and talked about his red suit.
He asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, ‘Your eyes that twinkle,’ (from the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.)
So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted.
Then Santa said, ‘Have you ever felt a real reindeer?’
Santa then carried him over to the display area. And had Matthew pet the reindeer they had set up. It was great. My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!
Matthew is now 6. He was a 24 week preemie. His twin brother did not survive. Matthew spent 111 days in NICU. There he developed stage 5 ROP due to the amount of oxygen he was given to survive. He brain scans told the doctors that Matthew would never walk or talk. But God had other plans.”
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