Good Samaritan Gives His First-Class Plane Seat To Mother And Her Baby

A Florida mother and her 11-month-old daughter want to encourage people to pay it forward after a kind act by a passenger on their flight.

The past two years have been quite a journey for Zwick, her husband, and their twin daughters Lucy and Eva. The girls were born at 29 weeks, and Eva weighed just 2 pounds, 5 ounces at birth, while Lucy was 2 pounds, 14 ounces.

Kelsey Rae Zwick and her daughter, Lucy, boarded American Airlines Flight 588 from Orlando to Philadelphia on Thursday, where Lucy receives treatment for chronic lung disease at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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She told Yahoo Lifestyle about the kindness of a stranger in first class .

A flight attendant came over and told her that a man sitting in seat 2D wanted to switch places with her.

“We pre-boarded, so I didn’t see him,” Zwick said. “At first, it just kind of took a second because I was like, why do I need to switch seats? Then I realized what was happening, and I was so overwhelmed. It wasn’t just the seat; it was the culmination of everything we’ve been through the past two years,” says Zwick.

Their new seat up allowed extra room for Zwick and Lucy, who has to travel with a large oxygen tank. And according to Zwick, Lucy loved her introduction to first class.

We did have extra room. Lucy enjoyed the cheese plate and the little luxuries,” Zwick added, laughing. “Flying first class before her first birthday!”

After the flight landed, Zwick tried to catch the good Samaritan at the gate, to no avail. It was only after she posted the story on Facebook that someone reached out to man in 2D, and Zwick was put in touch with him.

I guess it was his birthday, and he did reach out to us,” said Zwick. “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.’”

It’s that generosity that truly overwhelmed Zwick, especially after the struggle of the last few years.

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