An 86-year-old woman deep in the throes of dementia came out to the surface briefly when she encountered her beloved Santa in a photo studio in a New Mexico mall.
“Every time Santa got close to her, she would nuzzle in and close her eyes as if there was no place she would rather be,” the studio wrote on its Facebook page.
“It was so sweet and emotional for Santa and our whole staff.”
The photography studio, Hartsocks’ Photography, said Santa cried when the woman left.
Karen Rangel was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 and was recently put on hospice care. (Read more from “86-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Warms up to Santa ─ and Makes Him Cry” HERE)