Florida mom flying American with baby to hospital thanks kind stranger
9th December 2018

‘I can’t wait to tell Lucy someday’: Anxious Florida mom flying sick baby to Philadelphia hospital on American Airlines thanks kind stranger who gave up his first-class seat to help

  • A man’s random act of kindness towards a mother travelling with her sick daughter left her in tears and has gone viral
  •  Kelsey Zwick said she and Lucy had boarded American Airlines flight 588 when a flight attendant informed them a passenger in first class wanted to switch seats
  • ‘The flight attendant came over and … said the man in 2D — he’s waiting to switch seats with you,’ 
  • Zwick said that she accepted the offer but was in tears at the man’s kindness
  • Do you know who was flying in seat 2D? Email: [email protected]  

One Florida mother who was travelling with a sick baby is praising the kindness of strangers after she was offered a fellow passenger offered them his first class seat on American Airlines.

Kelsey Zwick was travelling from Orlando to Philadelphia with Lucy, one of her 11-month-old twin daughters. 

She was taking the infant to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because her baby suffers from severe chronic lung disease as a result of a complication during the pregnancy. 

She expressed her thanks in a Facebook post that has since gone viral with over 400,000 likes.

Kelsey Rae Zwick was travelling from Orlando to Philly with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, for treatment at the Children’s Hospital when a complete stranger made a touching gesture

Ms Zwick said she and Lucy had boarded American Airlines flight 588 when a flight attendant approached them and informed them a passenger in first class wanted to switch seats

‘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. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter. We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)’, Zwick began in her much-talked-about Facebook post.

‘We pre-boarded the plane, got cozy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby. The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats. You were giving up your comfortable, first class seat to us.

The good deed offered by a fellow passenger reminded Zwick how ‘blessed’ she and her husband, Yuri, are. 

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The touching gesture, which Ms Zwick said she ‘can’t wait to tell Lucy someday’, brought her to tears

Lucy, a twin born 11 weeks early, stayed in the NICU for 100 days after she was born. Her sister stayed 86 days

Lucy, right,  suffers from chronic lung disease but still has a smile on her face

‘Not able to hold back tears, 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.****************************Sooo… thank you. Not just for the seat itself but for noticing. For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy. For deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world. I can’t wait to tell Lucy someday. In the meantime… we will pay it forward. AA 588 passenger in seat 2D, we truly feel inspired by your generosity.’

Zwick’s emotional story evidently touched the hearts of many, sparking many supportive comments on the post that has since been shared over 164,000 times.

It doesn’t appear Ms Zwick has found the mystery man yet but in the meantime she said she promises to ‘pay it forward’

Ms Zwick shared the story on Facebook in hopes to find the man. It quickly went viral and had many people were left in tears after reading her tale

She told Fox News that the generosity of her fellow passenger has since inspired her to ‘reflect,’ and to ‘pay it forward.’ 

She hopes others are inspired to go out and do good for others after hearing their story.

‘You never know what people are going through. So many people helped us along the way. One small act of kindness is a ripple effect!’ she said. ‘And when you get to the other side of your struggle – whatever that looks like – pay it forward!’

‘Thank you to the man in 2D! The world is hungry for kindness… and I hope this expands far beyond what happened to us yesterday,’ she concluded.

The past two years have been quite a journey for Kelsey Zwick, her husband, and their twin daughters, Lucy and Eva. The girls were born at 29 weeks weighing just over 2lbs each


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