A family caring for their terminally ill child were spared their daily torment when ‘Santa’ turned up at the hospice so the young boy could sit on his lap one last time.
Two-year-old Miles Agnew was born with microcephaly and has spastic quad cerebral palsy, cortical vision impairment, intractable epilepsy, brain malformations and feeding intolerance, ABC News reports.
Miles was adopted by the Agnews when he was just three months old.
He has an older sister, 13-year-old Hailey, as well as an 11-year-old brother, Taveon.
Although Miles has been in care for some time now, his health rapidly declined last week.
Learning the news, a Santa came to the hospital near the Agnew’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah – the visit was spearheaded by the Secret Sleigh Project who help sick children meet Santa in the comfort of their own homes.
The Santa in question told ABC:
Back in the 70s when I met my former wife, she had two daughters, her youngest had been diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and six weeks after we met, she lost her battle, so I knew what the family was going through.
I can’t lie, I got choked up and there was a tear in Santa’s eye, but this was for this family’s memory.
Mum Michelle Agnew said:
With the turn in Miles’ health and trying to make more memories as quickly as we can, we didn’t think we would be able to do our Santa visit.
We treasure our time and our memories with our family so much. Although we have had so much heartache in our lives we try our hardest to keep moving forward.
The heartwarming picture of Miles and Santa was posted to the Secret Sleigh Project Facebook page captioned:
Yesterday, without hesitation and with last-minute coordination, Santa went to visit one of our family’s [sic] whose son became more ill rather quickly this last weekend.
The post continued:
He was at their local hospital, receiving hospice care to help him be more comfortable. The family was grateful to have Santa there and to get pictures with all of their children, one last time.
We were honored to be a part of this family’s day, in some small way. We also send much gratitude to Santa Jeff, who brought some needed joy to this little boy and his family.
Our thoughts are with Miles and the rest of the Agnew family at this difficult time.