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Danielle McCarthy

First class passenger's touching act of kindness on flight for mother with sick daughter

First class passenger's touching act of kindness on flight for mother with sick daughter

A travelling mum has shared the touching act of kindness she received from a stranger on her flight.

Kelsey Zwick was travelling from Orlando to Philadelphia in the US with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, so her baby could receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sharing the inspiring story on Facebook, Kelsey said she had boarded the American Airlines flight with her daughter when a flight attendant approached them and said a first class passenger wanted to switch seats.

“To the man in 2D. Today you were travelling from Orlando to Philly,” she wrote.

“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).

“We pre-boarded the plane, got cosy 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.”

Kelsey said the generous act brought her to tears and she “can’t wait to tell Lucy someday”.

Explaining how much she was touched, Kelsey wrote: “Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!”

Unable to sufficiently thank the good Samaritan properly as they passed each other in the aisle, Kelsey shared the story on Facebook with the hope of tracking him down.

Her post quickly went viral and left many teary-eyed.

One reader of the selfless gesture wrote: “To have been seen by this man and for him to extend himself in such a quiet, but significant way absolutely tugs every single one of my heart strings.”

Another added: “Oh wow. That brought tears to my eyes knowing there ARE good people in the world.”

Although Kelsey has not been able to track down the generous man, she has promised to pass on the kindness she received.

“It reminded me how much good there is in this world.

“In the meantime … we will pay it forward. AA588 passenger in seat 2D, we truly feel inspired by your generosity.”

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