Man Gives Up His First Class Airplane Seat to a Mother and Her Sick Baby


There is so much good in the world. Florida-based mom Kelsey Rae Zwick was traveling with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, from Orlando to Philadelphia for a lifesaving medical treatment, when a flight attendant approached her. A passenger, seated in first class on the American Airlines flight, wanted to give them his seat.

Man Gives Up First Class Seat For Mom And Baby
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Zwick wrote about what the act of kindness meant to her in an open letter on Facebook on December 6. It has since gone viral with more than 420,000 shares.

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

“To the man in 2D,” Zwick began. “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 [was] also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter.”

The flight attendant came over, just moments after Zwick and a “yelling-but-happy” Lucy had settled into their “cozy” window seat.

“Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!” Zwick wrote. “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.”

She continued: “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 a show a random act of kindness to use. It reminded me how much good there is in this world.”

Thanks to social media, Zwick was able to track down the gentleman in 2D. “I guess it was his birthday, and he did reach out to us,” she told Yahoo! News on Saturday, December 8. “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.’”

Lucy and her twin sister, Eva, were born at 29 weeks. Lucy weighed 2 pounds, 14 ounces, while Eva weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Both have chronic lung disease, but Lucy’s is more severe and she travels with an oxygen tank. Zwick was grateful for the extra space — and the perks that come with sitting at the front of the plane.

“Lucy enjoyed the cheese plate and the little luxuries,” Zwick told Yahoo! News. “Flying first class before her first birth!”

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