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Generous Passenger Gives Up First Class Seat To Sick Baby And Her Mom Traveling To Hospital

On a recent American Airlines flight from Orlando to Philadelphia, a first-class passenger gave up his seat to a mother and her 11-month-old daughter who is battling chronic lung disease.

Kelsey Rae Zwick and her daughter, Lucy, were headed to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where Lucy receives treatment for her lung condition. Having already pre-boarded the airplane hauling a stroller, diaper bag, and Lucy’s oxygen tank, a flight attendant approached her and indicated that a man in first-class had offered up his seat to them.

Zwick took the man up on his offer, which provided her and Lucy – and Lucy’s oxygen tank – a little more space and comfort. Lucy enjoyed her first-class experience, which even included indulging in a cheese plate.

Via: Yahoo Lifestyle

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Lucy – and her twin sister, Eva – were born 29 weeks early, with Eva spending 86 days in the NICU, and Lucy spending 100. Lucy had to be intubated immediately, which saved her life, but left severe scarring that caused her chronic lung disease and created the need for her to be on oxygen all the time.

However, since beginning treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, her condition has improved enough to allow her to be off oxygen at least a few hours a day.

Zwick was unable to catch the man at the gate post-flight to thank him again, but she posted on Facebook hoping that it would somehow reach the man who gave up his seat. In her post, Zwick states, “I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones too... real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly.”

The post eventually made its way to the good Samaritan, who reached out to Zwick.

To the man in 2D. Today you were traveling from Orlando to Philly. I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere....

Posted by Kelsey Zwick on Thursday, December 6, 2018

“I guess it was his birthday, and he did reach out to us,” Zwick said in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle. “He was thanking me for a birthday to remember. It was the best day. He said it made him and his wife cry, and he said, ‘I am so glad we were on the same flight.’”

“I guess it was his birthday, and he did reach out to us,” Zwick said in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle. “He was thanking me for a birthday to remember. It was the best day. He said it made him and his wife cry, and he said, ‘I am so glad we were on the same flight.’”

Zwick went on to state, “He’s thanking me for something that I’m thanking him for! There are always good people in the world, and that’s why I felt compelled to share.”

While traveling during the holidays is never an easy process, it is generous acts of kindness like this that help remind us what the Season of Giving is all about.

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